The Department is reminding motorists that once the number of the vehicle ends with the digit 1, they should have already been checked, insured and licensed to operate on the public roads of the federation.
According to Sgt. Calvin Amory of the Traffic Department, while speaking on the department’s weekly radio programme, he told listeners that this is the time to get such vehicles inspected, insurance policies brought up to date and properly licensed.
He quoted Section 12.1 of Chapter 15.06 of the Laws of the State, which say that subject to the provision of this section, no person shall use, caused to be used or permit any other person to use a vehicle on the road, unless there is the relevant motor vehicle license in respect thereof.”
Amory added, “All that this is saying, is that we are suppose to ensure that the vehicle is licensed, once that vehicle is running; and we are asking persons to make sure that they comply with what the law says. We don’t want persons to tell us that we didn’t have enough time to complete the process.”
The officer also went on to point out that for the vehicles ending with 1, these had an expiry date of 31st December, 2011, but the department in conjunction with the Government, has decided to give a grace period of 30 days, within the month of January, to try to get people to comply.
“We are not giving chances when it comes to driving vehicles that are not licenced, because we have to look at it when it is on the other shoe; if your vehicle has to get into an accident and there is another vehicle involved, they can get away with it because you are unlicensed,” said Amory.