Ensure vehicle inspection is up-to-date, TTPS says
Motorists are today being advised to ensure that the vehicle they are driving complies with T&T’s vehicle inspection laws.
The reminder comes from the Police Service as there have been reports of issues with motorists receiving vehicle inspection stickers on having their vehicles inspected.
Section 27 (1) of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Regulations provides that a registered owner of a public service motor vehicle, rental car, goods vehicle, omnibus, tractor or trailer shall produce it for inspection by a Transport Officer, annually and a registered owner of a private motor vehicle or motorcycle, where such motor vehicle or motorcycle is five years old or more, shall produce it for inspection by an examiner biennially, at such premises designated for that purpose as the Licensing Authority may direct.
Meanwhile, Section 27 (11) states that a registered owner of a private motor vehicle or motorcycle, public service motor vehicle, rental car, goods vehicle, omnibus or trailer who fails to produce the vehicle for inspection or drives the vehicle without obtaining an inspection sticker and certificate in accordance with these Regulations commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $5000.
However, in an instance where a vehicle owner has not received inspection stickers, the police have advised that the inspection certificate for the vehicle should be available for production upon the request of any Transport or Police Officer, as evidence of compliance.
The advice was reiterated by the Works and Transport Ministry, which confirmed that in the absence of a valid inspection sticker, the driver of the vehicle in question should not be prosecuted by a law enforcement officer, if at the material time the driver is in possession of the valid Certificate of Inspection with the receipt of payment attached.
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