Thursday 20 February, 2020

Sinanan: No extension on vehicle inspection moratorium

If you still don’t have your vehicle inspection up-to-date after today and you’re pulled over by inspection officers, be prepared to pay a fine of $5000.

Government offered a five-month moratorium on the inspection of vehicles effective July 5, to permit motorists enough time to ensure that their vehicles are inspected – a decision taken following a series of complaints of overcrowding at licensing offices.

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A missing inspection sticker and valid certificate carries a fine of $5000.  

Speaking with LoopTT on Monday, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan was adamant that there would be no extension of the moratorium as he says citizens had ample opportunity to have their vehicles inspected.

“We will not be granting any extension on this moratorium. If we were to extend (the moratorium) we will end up in the same position as before with people rushing in the last two days to get their vehicles inspected and get their inspection stickers.”

Commenting on the long lines at approved inspection garages seen in the past week, Sinanan said he could not understand why drivers would have waited until the last minute to ensure that they got their affairs in order.

“People had five months. In the last week you would have seen all these long lines, but that was not the case a month or even months ago. The (inspection) garages were empty.”

“If anyone still does not have their vehicles inspected after today it must be that they have already had their vehicle inspected or they are quite willing if they are caught to pay the $5000 fine.”

“I don’t understand why people would have waited until the very last minute to have their vehicles inspected when they had all of this time to get it done,” he added.

While Sinanan was firm that there would be no leniency on the mater, he said the decision ultimately rests with the inspection officers and on a situational basis.

If a driver is pulled over and can show that they have a date for inspection within a few days following the end of the moratorium today, the Minister said the inspection officers would take that into consideration.

He assured that the officers will carry out their duties in accordance with their requisite training.

Section 27(11) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act (48:50) states: “(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 these regulations commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $5,000.”

All Licensing Offices in Trinidad and Tobago will be closed at midday today.

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