MOWT delays proclamation of new road traffic laws
The Ministry of Works and Transport said as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the proclamation of road traffic laws which would allow for the new Demerit Points System, Red-light Camera Enforcement System and the New Traffic Ticketing System, has been delayed.
In an update issued March 31, 2020, the Ministry said the delay was done in light of preventative measures implemented by government under the Public Health (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (No. 5) Regulations 2020.
The Ministry said: “This decision was taken in the best interest of all citizens as we navigate the many challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
“The general public is reminded that when implemented, this new system will usher in a new and modern era in traffic law enforcement and road safety in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The new traffic management systems will have a positive impact on the administration of justice, national security and road safety in Trinidad and Tobago.”
The Ministry said during this period drivers are asked to exercise due diligence and responsibility on the roadways, in order to reduce road deaths and accidents.
Government has clamped down on non-essential services until April 15, 2020, as part of an attempt to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Some essential services which continue to be in operation include emergency responders, food and pharmaceutical stores, telecommunications, civil aviation, medical services, social services, food production and more.
As of March 31, 2020, at 4.35 pm, Trinidad and Tobago had 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three people who tested positive for the virus died.