Police warns motorcyclists to desist from wearing masks

Police have urged motorcyclists to desist from wearing face wraps, warning that the practice is illegal.


In a statement issued this evening, police expressed concern that a growing number of persons are wearing the wraps, which carry various designs such as the image of a skull.


Police pointed out that Section 37 (b) of the Highway Act “clearly states that it shall not be lawful for any person to appear masked or otherwise disguised on any highway or in a public place except in accordance with the terms of a permit granted by the Commissioner of Police.”


Law enforcers have also warned the owners of motor vehicles that tinted windows must not “make the driver of a vehicle unidentifiable from a reasonable distance by a person outside of a vehicle,” as outlined in Section 27 (b) of the Road Traffic Act.


9 Responses to Police warns motorcyclists to desist from wearing masks

  1. Johnathan September 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Stop warning and go after their asses. This is where it all starts.

  2. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke September 7, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Well first start off by making it mandatory that your officers remove the dark tint off of their personal vehicles then. #leadbyexample.

  3. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar September 7, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Warnings are useless. Heavy fines and imprisonment will stop the blatant disregard for the law.

  4. MIIB September 7, 2016 at 5:25 am

    First it is not the law on the land and where is the legislation to support the claim.

    Is there a difference from full face and open face?

    I am an avid biker and I do not agree with the skulls and things of this nature and those are scarves tied around the faces of idiots. Some of us opt to wear open face, therefore you do not have the anti pollution that occurs in a full face helmet. Smog is a serious thing especially riding in rush hour and is listed as one of the biggest dangers for bikers. Constant exposure to air pollution and deaths to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates known as PM2.5s.

    While getting a lungful of bus/truck and older vehicles that due for piston and rings – exhaust is never fun

    Nonetheless, a mask that helps to filter out dangerous pollutants from the air shouldn’t be sniffed at, especially given some studies which show masks can filter out nasties.

    Appropriate masks not scarves. The correct gear uses “sub-micron filters to filter out the small particles”. “A snug fit on the face is also critical”. The more expensive masks on the market, like those by Respro and Totobobo, do have these filters. You cannot compare an appropriate riding aid to an idiot with a bandana wrapped around his face. This constant steroetyping and not being able to distinguish between general aids and bandanas highlights the issue of knowing the correct products.

    The average biker is breathing huge quantities of air per year. The danger comes from the cumulative effect of all these particles and over-exposure to these particles can lead to respiratory problems.

    So not every biker is a criminal and is intent on breaking the law. We are registered, pay taxes, insurances and ride within the laws of the land. Go after the nuisances not law abiding citizens.

  5. Phil September 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I agree with Hunte Omar and Jonathan. But Omar you should put on a shirt ma boy, all yuh boney chess expose. Yuh gine ketch a cole and get sick. LOLOL

  6. Lani September 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Do doubt, this is an issue. However, how is it accepted when persons of a certain faith walk and drive around with their faces covered? Do they all have permits issued by the Commissioner of Police? Should they not be able to be identifed? If this is a general rule, it should be enforced across the board.

  7. BoboTheClown September 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    If i am hiding from someone or something ,i too would want to wear a mask or have my car windows tinted in order not be recognized. There is a belief that these practices lead not only to cheating , robberies, but also show disregard for the law,and for those that would or should be enforcing it.
    In Barbados ,we seem to be very lenient ( that is the law) with indivisuals who break laws that should be forcefully enforced .As a result Police often feel , “what’s the use ” because our work is not being treated with any regard.

  8. Vijay Trotman September 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    The reason for wearing a face mask while riding a motorcycle is not only to conceal one’s identity but due to the fact that not all riders like full face helmets and they opt for a German helmet (half helmet), the problem is that those helmets allow road debris, bugs, dirty water etc to hit you directly in the face and mouth ( not pleasant at 80km). I prefer a full face helmet myself, not condoning the practice of face mask either just shedding some light for those who do not ride.

  9. John September 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    My question to the mask topic is this… for us who actually ride and wear full faced helmets which you the person looking on still can’t tell who the person is,. What is the difference between wearing a German helmet with a face mask, (which in most cases are designed to protect u from flies and other such insects while riding… )and wearing a full face helmet where u still can’t see who I am?

    Please note I am knocking the law cause rules are rules. So before u all jump up shouting read and understand what I am asking first.

    Secondly we talk about enforcing laws, yet in some cases those who enforce or try to enforce said laws are the head ones disregardin them.


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