Arima resident, DEVON AUSTIN, was arrested and charged on Saturday 1st May, 2021 for driving a motor vehicle having been disqualified from holding a Drivers’ Permit. He was also charged for driving a vehicle without a valid policy of insurance.
He appeared before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John at the Arima Magistrates’ Court, yesterday. He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 15 months’ hard labour and was once again disqualified from holding, or obtaining a Drivers’ Permit for two years.
The incident occurred during a routine road traffic exercise in the Northern Division conducted by officers attached to the Traffic Branch Road Policing Task Force (RPTF).
Austin was driving a Nissan Almera playing loud music when he was stopped and a request was made for his Drivers’ Permit by PC Jahoor.
He was unable to produce one and stated that he had left it at home. However, the officer was able to obtain the permit number and was in the process of issuing Austin a ticket for playing a noisy instrument when it was revealed that he had been disqualified from driving by the Transport Commissioner having exceeded the Demerit Point threshold. He was subsequently arrested and charged.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would like to warn drivers who have been issued Disqualification Notices by the Transport Commissioner to immediately cease and desist from driving any motor vehicle. Failure to do so will result in immediate arrest without a warrant.
Also, any disqualified driver who drives a vehicle is not covered by any motor vehicle insurance policy and therefore places both themselves, their passengers, and other road users at serious risk. According to Section 88M(7) of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, a driver who fails to surrender his Drivers’ Permit once served a Disqualification Notice by the Transport Commissioner, also commits an offence and is liable to be fined $5,000.