Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Amendment Bill passed in Senate

The Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was read a third time and passed with amendments in the Senate, on Wednesday evening.

In his introduction to the Bill, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi explained that the legislation is geared toward ending criminality in Trinidad and Tobago. 

“Justice is the most important thing in this country, killing criminality is important in this country, crimes are committed on the road in this country, deaths happen on the roads of this country by people exceeding the speed limit etcetera. But when a robbery goes down, a kidnapping goes down, an event of crime happens, hardly ever does one jump onto a horse to make a speedy retreat or a bicycle. In fact, people will use a car, drive off in a getaway position and then make their way.”

The AG said the Government hopes the amendments – which introduces number plates with RFID tags – allow for open-source criminal reporting using technology. It will also see spot-speed camera enforcement, e filing and online payments, white cane regulations for the visually impaired and essential parking for the differently-abled.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 10 am Animal Diseases and Importation (Amendment Bill) 2020 and Real Estate Agents Bill, 2020.

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