The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is warning local motorists and road users that they will pay a penalty for breaching existing road traffic regulations.
According to a statement issued by the TTPS on the matter, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch has received reports of drivers attempting to breach one-way traffic and illegally using the Priority Bus Route.
The TTPS is advising motorists that the current situation with the COVID -19 pandemic and Public Health restrictions in no way nullify any enforcement of any of the Driving Safety Regulations under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50.
In addition, the Police Service is asking motorists to be mindful that the Licensing Authority has a planned moratorium on driving with an expired driver’s permit until August 31st 2020. However, it emphasises that there are no waivers on the requirements:
* To have the drivers’ permit ready for presentation to Police Officers as stated in Section 56(1) of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50.
* To have a valid Certificate of Insurance for the vehicle as required under Section 3(1) of the Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risk) Act Chapter 48:51.
The TTPS says police officers will be continuing their traffic enforcement operations to keep the public safe, including road checks to verify persons are legitimately engaging in “essential” activities, as specified under the Public Health Regulations 2020. It says that will include checks on the number of passengers in Public Service vehicles.
The TTPS also is reminding citizens that any breach of these regulations carries a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.