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New road traffic law critical to reducing crashes - NRSC

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 12:14 PM
Dr Lucien Jones

Vice chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Dr Lucien Jones, says it is important for amendments to the Road Traffic Act to be implemented quickly.

Jones says the proposed changes can help stem the increase in the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities, among other things.

Since the start of the year, 94 people have died in motor vehicles crashes, with motorcyclists accounting for nearly half that number.

As part of the proposed legislation, people applying for a licence to ride a motorcycle will be required to undergo training and the same process as people applying for drivers’ licences.

Currently people who ride motorcycles are only required to have a learner’s permit.

The NRSC official says he has been assured by members of the Andrew Holness-led Cabinet that the proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act will be enacted quickly.

The proposed amendments, which would ban the use of handheld devices while driving and provide stiffer fines for traffic breaches, were approved by a joint select committee of Parliament.

However, the bill stalled when the previous parliament was dissolved to make way for last month’s general election.