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Lashley gives new deadline for revised Barbados Road Traffic Act

After more than four years of shifting deadlines, the long promised changes to the Barbados Road Traffic Act will go before Parliament later this month, a senior public servant revealed today.

Delivering a speech prepared for Minister of Transport and Works (MTW) Michael Lashley at Wednesday’s launch of the General Insurance Association Barbados’ sponsorship of a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Country Road and Roebuck Street, The City, Permanent Secretary Simone Rudder reiterated the importance of the legislation to ensure better road safety in Barbados, which has recorded 22 road fatalities for the year thus far, more than twice the ten recorded for all of last year.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley (right) and BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen at Wednesday’s launch.

“Road safety is vital component of the mandate of the Ministry of Transport and Works, which is carried out through the installation of appropriate infrastructure, the setting of standards, the promotion of safe practice by all road users and the collaboration with stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of rules and compliance. In this context, an important goal for the ministry is the strengthening of Barbados’ legislative for safety. I am therefore very pleased to be able to confirm that Parliamentary debate on the amendments to the Road Traffic Act and Regulations is scheduled to take place later this month,” Rudder said.

This promise comes five months after Lashley gave assurances that the changes would go before the Lower House soon after the 2017-2018 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30.

Two months earlier, in March of this year, the minister had said during debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure that the legislative changes, which affect both the Transport Authority Act and the Road Traffic Act, would be introduced the following month.

In fact, Lashley first promised the changes in May 2013, when he told the International Road Federation Caribbean Regional Congress here that his ministry was in the process of amending the Road Traffic Act to include the wearing of helmets by cyclists, semi-annual inspection of public service vehicles, annual inspection of private motor vehicles over a certain age, speeding, and the use of communication devices while driving.

However when asked by Barbados TODAY to give a guarantee that the newest timeline to debate the changes would be adhered to, Lashley, who was present at Wednesday’s launch, refused to comment.

The delays have been a source of frustration for President of the Barbados Road Safety Association Sharmane Roland-Bowen, who had dismissed Lashley’s assurances in March as “false promises”.

At the time, Roland-Bowen had warned that another day’s delay could mean the loss of another life.

“With this legislation that is about to come on stream, the minister said earlier that it should be later this year, but I would hate to see it go over into next year because we can never tell what is going to happen in this country, and I won’t like to have a restart where things go to the bottom. This is the closest that we have been to getting these legislations into fruition and for it to go over you can never tell what is going happen next year after February or March,” Roland-Bowen said in an apparent reference to general elections due next year.

15 Responses to New date

  1. MARIA Holder November 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Sharmane you let Carson C Codagan hug you up. He had nothing good to say about you yesterday

  2. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Why fumble don’t stop this man from hugging d women before he get charge for sexual harassment

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray November 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      The law meet for one person, they are hopping that some person will come forward an being the lady before the courts.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba November 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm


    • harry turnover November 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

      How you know who HUG WHO FIRST ? YOU DID DEY ???

  3. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Is a that Carson cadogan a.k.a mark Cambridge in the flesh

    • Sherlock Holmes. November 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      There is also something known as libel Worrell and the goodly minister certainly knows it very well.

  4. luther thorne November 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Nice Picture . Really Nice : Beauty and the ………???

    He in himself is not Carson but you all are on the right track . You all must understand how the DLP uses this strategy of infiltrating the media with a Consortium of lies and propaganda. They have used newspapers and now using Social media and they continue to fool people. There is a relentless assault on the minds of Bajans that has been going on everyday for the last X amount of years on Social Media. These people have a lot to answer for. The Russians and Trump have nothing on the DLP with regards to the strategy. When people say that Politics dirty, this is what they mean. These people such as a certain old mother who participates in the relentless presence of the DLP see nothing wrong with what they are doing. You would notice the Carson Cadogan is always on. Pick sense from that

  5. Saga Boy November 2, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Luther stop fooling people. You are not making any sense.

  6. Meakai November 3, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Of course there is no infiltration of the media by the BLP.
    Imagine if we also had to wade through BLP propaganda on social media. When polling day arrive we would not know our head from our…
    It would be a good thing if six was no longer half dozen, but it still is unfortunately. We AIG unless someone comes UPP with some Solutions fast.

  7. Sue Donym November 3, 2017 at 4:37 am

    The electorate/tax payers would probably have been more impressed had the legislators used the interval to let the public have a look in, and more important, a say or debate on the legislation. Guess we’ll have to wait a while longer to be aware of the usual errors, duplications, ambiguities and omissions.

  8. luther thorne November 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Saga ‘Consortium DLP propaganda Arm ‘ Boy. I would expect such a response from the character under which you operate. DLP and operatives and surrogates will not stop and Readers should note that you and the DLP are one and the same – Fake ! A content analysis reveals the agenda

  9. Richard Johnston November 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

    To that add that two-wheel vehicles should follow the same rules as four-wheel ones, instead of weaving erratically in and out of traffic, as is required in North America. Cyclists are a hazard to themselves and to others.

  10. Alex Alleyne November 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    End of side walk need to be painter across the island . The side walk down Cheapside by the big car park is slanted making it problematic to walk. Even more problems for a wheel chair. Roads need a curve in the center , they are built too flat. The present road repair/pothole system is not up to standard. Road crossings are life hazards as they are placed in blind corners. Left lane at roundabouts should be for traffic making left turn or straight ahead while traffic in right lane is for making left turn or straight where the 2 lanes are there. Street lights and side walks are needed along all busy streets and near schools.

  11. Milli Watt November 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    what is this……….hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


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