No permit

Australian caught breaking the traffic laws

An Australian man living in Tortola not only missed his flight but also had to part with $200 after admitting to a traffic offence in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.

Robert Shifman was scheduled to leave Barbados at 9:30 this morning but was unable to do so after being involved in a minor accident along Charnocks Road, Christ Church around 7:15 a.m.

While conducting investigations into the accident, it was revealed that Shifman did not have a permit to drive on the island’s roads.

“I wasn’t aware that you needed a driver’s licence for the time I was here,” Shifman told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

That excuse did not sit well with the magistrate who informed Shifman that while “we [live] on a small island, we don’t have small brains [and] we are not fools.

“The same way you all on the continent expect that we will respect the laws of your country, respect the laws of our country as well,” Cuffy-Sargeant said as she ordered Shifman to pay court costs.

He was reprimanded and discharged, with no conviction recorded against him, after the costs were paid.

However, Shifman now has to make alternate travel arrangements after missing his flight.

51 Responses to No permit

  1. Ingrid Bullen
    Ingrid Bullen August 10, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Wait, You must think that because live on a island we fool,fool

  2. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold August 10, 2017 at 6:18 am

    He is a mess

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 10, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Got to agree with magistrate.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray August 10, 2017 at 6:33 am

      I could agree with the man at a point. Living in that part of the Caribbean, you can drive in those parts with you international driver license.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray August 10, 2017 at 6:34 am

      She had no right insulting the man.

      • RobBar August 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        Mmm , if he was living in Tortola why did she assume he was living in Australia and make that comment. More like living on an Caribbean Island he just assumed. Wonder if he had an International Drivers License. Yes, he broke the law , one always has to respect a different country rules.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 10, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Eddy Murray Ya make a good point but it’s his responsibility to check laws for each island he visits to avoid problems like this.

      • RobBar August 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm


    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 10, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Eddy Murray Seriously don’t think she did but that’s just my opinion.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray August 10, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Rawle Spooner the feed Barbados is still a part of the British, like Tortola.

    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar August 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

      really the man went school people will say anything to get out of situations

    • Joysce Noel
      Joysce Noel August 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Yup me too got to agree with the magistrate

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

    No you did not need a driver’s license for the time you were there, you needed it to drive the vehicle. Come again dude.

  5. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins August 10, 2017 at 6:39 am

    If this was a hired car the person who hired him it should be charged as well. You have to produce documents and if it was someone personal car they too should be charged for lending him it and allowing him to drive it.
    What would have been the outcome if this accident resulted in a death?

    • Kadri Walcott
      Kadri Walcott August 10, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Which is protocol

    • Joysce Noel
      Joysce Noel August 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Look if it was a bajans she would’ve say the thing to what embarrassing what some of them does embarrasse us n the others n the court is lol at we if it was we them would want a valid drivers license n all that but as I say them is look fa quick money n f someone lent him the car n no he n had permission to drive here them too should’ve been charged too strait

  6. Jewel Forde
    Jewel Forde August 10, 2017 at 6:39 am

    If it was a legitimate hired car he would have had to show a licence to rent it. So the company should also be brought to book for renting the car to him.

  7. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding August 10, 2017 at 6:41 am

    So oooooooooooo u telling mi becaz he int bajan he get off that easy wid a lecture like he gine give 2 focks. Now if i do that my ass is tar.

  8. Eugene Lavine
    Eugene Lavine August 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Jewel Forde whether it was legitimate or not. The rule is ignorance of the law is no excuse, and that is applied to both visitors and locals. So whoever he got the car from should be also charged.

  9. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor August 10, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse… Slap on d wrist and he free…. Smfh….

  10. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily August 10, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Visitors for less then three months in Tortola donot require a driver’s license so he assumed same for another Island. The owner of the car who is aware of the laws here is of fault for loaning/renting a vehicle to someone who isn’t permitted to do so. But as usual a white international tourist is privileged.

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace August 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

      White/black. . So he took the verbal abuse, which was very unprofessional, instead.?

  11. BIGSKY August 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Keera Harding, remember the guy does not live here and the magistrate will take all factors into consideration, before she makes a final judgement.All cases are different with different factors to take into account,therefore you would not treat a man who let go 4 bad dogs on a person the same as a man who had his place completely fenced but the dogs managed to dig a hole under the fence and escape and attacked someone.

  12. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins August 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I know of many barbadians that speak out against all crimes,especially when it is the citizens that is causing havoc to the island,so please be fair with your comment.

  13. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde August 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Persons visiting BARBADOS that wants to drive must pay for a 2 month visitor permit $10 Only can be purchase at any car rental place or BRA. Must produce a valid drivers license from his country

    • Joysce Noel
      Joysce Noel August 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Yup my Sister is bajan she was here n June n we had to take her to the pine n pay $10 fa one rules are rules

    • Mhizz Kelly P Forde
      Mhizz Kelly P Forde August 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

      If you’re a frequent visitor to the island that is you cone twice to 4 times a year you can purchase one for $100. That one is valid for a year from the date you purchase it

  14. Mohamed Adam
    Mohamed Adam August 10, 2017 at 7:56 am

    The international driver’s license clearly says it’s valid in Barbados. I told a tourist once that he needed to get the $10 permit to drive here and he showed me his internatonal license which clearly stated it’s valid in Barbados until he even thought I was trying to rob him out of $10.

  15. Kamel N C Jackson
    Kamel N C Jackson August 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Kris Grogan Johan Springer Meshach Thornhill this one funny. Lol

  16. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne August 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    do Bajans need a drivers license to rent cars in the US?? or England?? and do we not have “bigger fish to fry” in our court system then this???

  17. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar August 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

    you go to his country and do the same thing and see what will happen carry the dime of weed also

  18. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv August 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Yes love this magistrate Correctness them does want ya have 2 driving license international and Normal one to get a rented vehicle made no sense to me to why make people have an international so much documents that can lost easy and he forgot.

  19. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen August 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The real question is how did he get a car to begin with? The company or person that provided the car should also be brought to account for let someone drive without the required local license

  20. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv August 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Kris pack it in,Once you black driving in a white country he terrorize ya with his police with they laws especially if you black,Germany,USA also maybe Australia never drove there but mainly two above you can drive on Germany border neighbors such as Holland and others and would not be sterotype on the streets unless you really do something German police want to see if the car yours cause you black.

  21. Adrian Richards
    Adrian Richards August 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

    The privilege is strong with this comment though

  22. islandgal August 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Sometime I wonder about having an International drivers license. Why issue them when you don’t recognize them? Years ago in Martinique I drove with my Barbados license, just had to show the car rental company my license. No permit no hassles. In the USA you show a valid license when you are renting a car.

    • Belfast August 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      An international driving licence does not worth the money paid for it. At one time they were issued by Automobile Association (AA) highway patrol mechanics in the UK. An International Driver License is just a copy of one’s domestic driving license, and is valid in countries where a driver is able to drive for a certain period on his domestic driving license , not requiring a Local Driving Permit. It is also valid as a true copy of one’s domestic driving license, in those countries where drivers are required to have a local Driving Permit.

  23. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton August 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

    What is the point of having an International drivers license? Barbados issues them and they are part of that arrangement yet one cannot drive freely if you have one. I have driven in Martinique with a Barbados license and in the USA you use your Barbados license when you rent a car or drive, just make sure you are covered under the insurance. These permits is just another way to fleece the tourists. A valid driver’s license should be all you need to drive here.

  24. Avery Bowen
    Avery Bowen August 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Yvette the judge’s comment lol

  25. Joysce Noel
    Joysce Noel August 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Yup I strongly believe that

  26. Alana Mel
    Alana Mel August 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Correct answer

  27. Samantha walker August 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

    As usual different courses for different horses….the whole system is lenient on white tourists, it is their system so they can do as they like.

    When I went to get a Certificate of Character in Bridgetown it had a dresscode including no shorts. A white lady was sitting in a pair of sports shorts, the room was full of Bajans, including Governemtn personnel, and not one told her to adhere to the dresscode… I said different courses for different horses. This black and white thing is seriously real !!

    • Belfast August 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Have you forgotten the basic law of Barbados,
      If ya Black stand back
      If ya Brown stick around
      If ya white, ya right,

  28. Belfast August 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    A genuine mistake that is commonly made. Even those with International Driving Permits, assume that no other document is needed.
    But hey! we have scores of local drivers on the roads in Barbados who do not have valid driving licenses,

  29. debera brown August 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Well well, I wonder talk about this clown, is he a Guyanese,you people to white wash my people,what because his skin is white & a non-Barbadian from up north,this is a bigger goat with disrespect than the man that eat the colclate in super-marke,the disrespect he has for barbados thinking he does not have to get a driver book in Barbados lol.

  30. Frank White August 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    There’s a number of questions that have to be asked, where did he get the vehicle from??

    Was it hired plates or private??

    How did he get a vehicle to drive without having the appropriate driver’s permit??

    Shouldn’t the persons, persons or company be charged as well??

    I’m just asking…

  31. colleta August 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    why pay for a permit when bajans out there driving without license, insurance, road tax.

  32. kathy-ann Clarke August 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Well I assume he figured as long as he can drive a vehicle, it was his duty to go ahead and use our roads to his advantage.
    Glad that the accident had not resulted in any death.


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