The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is making a strong appeal to all motorists to immediately cease and desist from using the Priority Bus Route (PBR), without the necessary authorization from the Ministry of Works and Transport. This appeal extends especially to young drivers and members of the protective services.
Twenty-three fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers for unauthorized use of the Priority Bus Route on Thursday morning during a road exercise on the PBR in the St Joseph area. Under Regulation 2 of the Highway Act Special Roads (traffic) Regulations Chapter 48:01, the offence carries a penalty of $2,000 and six (6) Demerit Points.
During the exercise that was conducted by the Traffic Branch Roadway Surveillance Unit, under the supervision of Inspector Charles, Sgt Phillip and Sgt Batson, officers stopped a young driver who only received his driving permit in January, 2020.
However, the new electronic UTURN traffic enforcement system indicated that he had already received a warning for a PBR violation earlier in July and also received a traffic ticket later in July for improper overtaking on the left, which earned him three Demerit Points. When added to the PBR ticket issued to him yesterday, the young driver had accumulated a total of Demerit Points to nine points, two points over the maximum threshold of seven Demerit Points for a Newly Licensed Driver, and will now be disqualified from driving for a period of one year.
According to Section 88M (1) amendment to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50, a newly licensed driver is defined as a driver’s permit or provisional permit holder issued within a period of twelve (12) months and carries a disqualification period of one (1) year.