The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is warning parents and the general public to desist from allowing minors, not yet of legal driving age, to operate a vehicle.
This comes following a video circulating on social media showing a minor driving a vehicle while an adult, outside of the vehicle, is instructing the child on what to do.
Police are taking this action seriously and are reminding the public that Section 42.1 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 48:50 states that no one should employ a person to drive a motor vehicle unless that person has a valid driving permit for the class of vehicle being driven. Persons found disregarding this law are liable to a $750 fine or six months imprisonment.
Further to this, under Section 4.1, of the Children’s Act Chapter 46:01, a person who has responsibility for a child and wilfully exposes the child in a manner likely to cause that child suffering or injury to their health can be fined $5,000 or be imprisoned for six years on summary conviction, or fined $50,000 or imprisoned for 10 years on conviction on indictment.
Investigations related to the video are continuing.