Wheelies and cell phone use to be banned

A new “three strikes and you are out” rule and a minimum age of 25 for operators of public service vehicles (PSVs) are two news measures being introduced in a tough revised Road Traffic Act, which is in its final stage of preparation, Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley has revealed.

Lashley last night told a meeting of the St James South branch of the Democratic Labour Party that many of the transgressions that drivers get away with under the current law will be a thing of the past, as a number of new offences will be added to the legislation.

Among the changes, he said, will be the option to suspend the licences of PSV operators after three offences.

“The [new] Road Traffic Act has captured a number of offences that the current Act is silent on. We have some interesting things in here in relation to public service vehicles. One is, if you commit three consecutive offences, we have the right to withdraw your licence. We have a right to do that.

“The age of those driving public service vehicles will be looked at too. We will look to take it to age 25, but in the [current] Act there is an age limit,” he said.

The vexing issue of motorcyclists performing wheelies will be prohibited under the revised Act, Lashley revealed. So too will be the use of mobile phones while driving.

“The motorcycles doing stunts on the road, that is also within this legislation. Driving with cellphones will now be an offence. Going on the road with a motorcycle and engaging in stunts and so on, that will be completely outlawed. That will be an offence, although my view is under the present Act that it can be deemed as reckless driving without due care and attention. It also deals with speed limits in construction zones,” the minister added.

Lashley told party supporters when the revised law is approved, Barbadians will no longer be able to “buy a car and you can walk into a shop and once they have the machinery, they can prepare a plate for you and you are on the road”.

He said the Royal Barbados Police Force had been complaining about criminals who use vehicles with fictitious plates, therefore there is a proposed section of the Act that states, “no person [shall] manufacture licence plates unless they are registered with the licensing authority.”

In addition, he said, breathalyzer testing will become legal.

13 Responses to Wheelies and cell phone use to be banned

  1. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva October 11, 2016 at 3:15 am

    You can legally get a driver’s licence at 18 years of age. However, to drive a public service vehicle you must be 25…OK

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 11, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Because usually the older person is more matured in driving compared to the younger. Or is supposed to be.

  2. Hal Austin October 11, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Ban transferable permits and make the register of owners a public document.

  3. jrsmith October 11, 2016 at 4:48 am

    We are always going to hear of laws, rules legislation and what ever , but , the real problem is ,,,, (enforcement ) fair and just .. not them and us….

  4. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa October 11, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Ok, those are popular choices, although I would have thought that wheelies etc would be covered under ” driving recklessly and without due consideration “. Nice to be specific. I agree ref handheld cell phone use. Finally some good news.

    However, and perhaps it’s an oversight by the reporter, but I seem to have missed the parts about drinking and driving and enforcement of the whole.

    • harry turnover October 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Drinking and not driving is ALREADY a Law…no need to mention it,the same way that one must have a licence to drive….which is a Law too.

  5. Lennox hewitt October 11, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Yea Chris he mention nothing bout drinking and driving a lot of the van drivers stop by a certin shop n buy drinks he no that but he still say nothing bout drinking while driving and that he shudding mention first cause a lot of people complain den dum curse ya for it but Minister shud mention that and wheelie shud be reckless driving .

  6. Donild Trimp October 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The effort to some semblance of order to this industry must be commended, however I disagree wholeheartedly with the proposal to put a minimum age of 25 as a requirement for employment as an operator of a PSV.

    This is idiocy to the highest degree. What makes an individual at 23 or 24 years less honest, less reliable and less civic minded than an individual at 24 years old?

    Why deprive these individuals of earning an honest living as a PSV operator? What is the rationale Mr.Minister?

    This seems to be age discrimination and should be challenged if introduced by this Minister. You cannot legislate a section of society with no criminal history from obtaining gainful employment by arbitrarily picking a minimum age of 25 out of the air.

    This is an idea without rational thought, logic and common sense.

  7. Donild Trimp October 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

    correction* less civic minded than an individual of 25 years old?

  8. Ossie moore October 11, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Drinking and not driving has been there for donkey years but the constable or constables must prove that the man or woman is drunk or intoxicated by giving them a one foot stance for a period of three minutes or walk a straight line for thirty feet. Sergent Alleyne at strict A; loved giving these two test especially on the midnight shift along Baxter’s road.

  9. Tony Waterman October 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    There is absolute nothing wrong with an Age limit in this Instance, as these Drivers will NOT be Driving their Personal Vehicle, they will be Transporting The Public, and Statitics worldwide have shown that Younger Insured Persons have more Accidents/Collisions than older Person.
    As Noter by another Comment, you can have as many STRICT Laws as necessary, but they are USELESS, unless there is srict ENFORCEMENT of these Laws.
    so lets see what will be the ENFORCEMENT Policy when these laws come of age.

    • Donild Trimp October 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Tony Waterman, stop being stupid. Statistics must be relative.

      Show me statistics from Barbados where anyone under 25 years have been involved in an overwhelming amount of accidents while “Transporting The Public”.

      This is not a well thought out idea.

  10. Tony Waterman October 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Sorry!!!! Mr. know it all. i NEVER Said that there were any statistics in barbados about this situation as they probably don’t keep any, and if they were they would in all probability be kept by the Insurance Companies.
    But what i DID say was that Statistics in my present Jurisdiction shows that this is true, MY Son has a Drivers Licence, a Vehicle and is Insured, and he Pays more insurance than i do, and he also Pays More insurance than his Sister, who is only 3 years older than him, WHY???? Statistics here show that younger Males have more Collisions/Accidents than Females of the Same age group, and Mature Adults, and as far as i can see in Barbados, most if not all of the PSV drivers are Young Males.
    I am NOT saying that this is True, all i can say is, that is what STATISTICS have shown, and that is what the Insurance Companies here follow.

    So Again Mr. Perfect, Sorry for being Stupid.


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