Hot sellers

Bluetooth and helmets sold out since Road Traffic Act took effect

Bridgetown stores have been struggling to keep up with the demand for helmets and Bluetooth systems since the amended Road Traffic Act took effect late last month.

Store owners today said supplies that have been trickling out prior to the legislation taking effect sold out in a matter of days and they have been scrambling to order new stock.

In fact, the mobile phone store, ProSales, which was not in the helmet business, has had so many requests for the “hot seller” that it has decided to begin selling the protective hat.

Salesman Sean Pinder told Barbados TODAY the store’s supply of Bluetooth had also sold out, with an increasing number of people shopping for the wireless connection device.

Pro Sales salesman Sean Pinder

“Every customer so far has come for either a Bluetooth system or looking for a helmet. We are now restocking and plan to bring in helmets for the first time after seeing the demand. About 20 persons walked in here today asking if we sell helmets,” Pinder stressed.

The rising demand is also proving to be a boom for City store owner Barry Wilson, who began the day with 70 helmets in stock, but was down to only four by the time Barbados TODAY visited his store.

Owner of Barry’s Key and Cycle shop Barry Wilson (left) fitting Winford Powlett with one of his last remaining helmets.

Wilson has already placed his third order since the law came into force, reflecting the seriousness with which motorcyclists, who face hefty fines or even imprisonment, take the amended legislation.

“This is our second shipment since the passing of the Bill. Our first shipment of 40 helmets sold out in no time, so we ordered 70 more, and as you can see only four pink helmets remain and we are awaiting our next shipment this weekend,” said Wilson, whose helmets retail for $90.

The situation was no different at Taylor’s Cycle Centre Limited, whose owner, Martin Taylor, said he had sold his entire stock within days of the law taking effect on February 21.

Martin Taylor of Taylor’s Cycle Centre Limited

“I had about 40 or 50 helmets here and in two days they were all gone,” he said, adding that further shipments were on the way.

The Road Traffic Amendment Act, which was approved late last year, prohibits any person from driving a vehicle while at the same time holding, manipulating, talking on, or using, a cellular phone.

Anyone found guilty of violating this provision of the law faces a $2,000 fine, 18 months in jail or both.

The law, however, makes provisions for the use of Bluetooth, but not headphones.

4 Responses to Hot sellers

  1. Saga Boy March 13, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    This is good. Compliance to good law and order is the first sign of a progressive society.

  2. Dawn March 14, 2018 at 5:24 am

    This is nonsense a helmet for $90 it is made of gold. Once again we are being robbed by store owners.

  3. harry turnover March 14, 2018 at 7:05 am

    From the tone of your voice and as a known DEM yard fowl what are you beating your chest for ? DEM in got nutten to do with Bdos being a progressive society in the year 2018….ya got to BLAME the BLP for that too.

  4. Cecil P March 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    that’s great and it’s safe for every one who ride bikes .@ the north pole u have to ride with one safety first @ all times


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