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Henry proposes clean slate ahead of new road traffic law

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM

If Minister of Transport Mike Henry has his way, delinquent motorists could get an amnesty to clear all outstanding tickets following the proposed introduction of the new Road Traffic Act.

Opening the debate on the bill in Parliament yesterday, Henry said he would want all motorists to start with a clean slate as the new legislation and regulations took effect.

Discussing proposed changes in Parliament, Henry said some pressing issues that were not included in the new Road Traffic Bill would be introduced in the regulations and the Transport Authority Act.

Motorists driving vehicles that are darkly tinted are likely to face sanctions in the amended Road Traffic Regulations and Transport Authority Act.

The transport minister said the Government would also impose penalties for motorists driving with loud amplified music. Body protrusion would also attract penalties in the amended regulations.

Henry signalled that persons driving while using an electronic device would also face tough sanctions, noting that many road accidents may have been the result of drivers using these devices.

Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Derrick Smith said the bill would be debated over the next three weeks, at which time all members of the House would get an opportunity to make their contribution.