Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Young driver loses license after racking up demerit points

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The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is appealing to all motorists to immediately cease and desist from using the Priority Bus Route (PBR), without the necessary authorisation from the Ministry of Works and Transport.

The appeal extends especially to young drivers and members of the protective services, and comes after a young driver lost his driver's permit during a road exercise on Thursday.

Twenty-three fixed penalty notices were also issued to drivers for unauthorised use of the Priority Bus Route during the 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 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 12 months and carries a disqualification period of one year.

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