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Island Traffic Authority getting tough on drivers with illegal car lights

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 8:55 AM

The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will be intensifying action against drivers operating vehicles with illegal lights.         

This was disclosed by ITA Director, Ludlow Powell at a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston this week.     

Powell notes that vehicles are being observed with multicoloured and flashing lights, which are in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

He says only emergency vehicles are supposed to have flashing lights.

He also says the police are seeing a proliferation of blue lights and various coloured lights and they are also contrary to the specifications in the Road Traffic Act.

Powell also points to an emerging trend of motorists installing a bar with “extremely bright lights” at the front of their vehicles, which is used in place of the headlamps. 

He notes that some drivers have put a very dark tint on their windshields, which prevents them from seeing clearly at night, and therefore install these lights of higher intensity to compensate.

Powell says the lights contribute to many accidents as they interfere with visibility because they are too bright for oncoming motorists.

He says persons will be asked to have the correct lights fitted before the vehicle can be issued with a certificate of fitness.