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#LocalGovtElection: Police issue guidelines for operators of vehicles transporting voters

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 8:27 AM

The police are reminding the operators of vehicles transporting people to and from polling stations that it is compulsory that identification marks be removed from the vehicles.

The police also say they have strategies to respond to concerns about the possible infiltration and abuse of the process by criminal elements. 

The police are advising persons who will be transporting voters to adhere to the following:

1. If motor vehicles are tinted, operate with all windows rolled down, giving a clear view of the occupants of vehicles;

2. Operators must act in strict compliance to the Road Traffic Act. Any infraction, to include excessive speeding, bodies protruding from motor vehicles, careless, reckless, or dangerous driving, will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law;

3. Operators must ensure that their vehicles are properly licensed and insured

4. Persons driving unlicensed or uninsured motor vehicles or those operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol will be prosecuted, and where appropriate, the vehicles seized.

5. Operators of vehicles transporting electors must be the holders of valid drivers’ licenses and must have in their possession the original or certified copy of all the documents for the motor vehicle they are operating.

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been cautioned against arbitrary arrests or seizures of motor vehicles on Election Day.

In order to ensure compliance, all reports of arrests and seizure of motor vehicles conveying electors on Election Day must be reported to the zone or divisional commander, and must be authorised by them.

The police say they are committed to ensuring the safety of all during this election but this can only be achieved if the public cooperates with law enforcers.