Senate delays debate on Road Traffic Bill
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The Senate has delayed passage of the proposed Road Traffic Act.
The Road Traffic Act 2018, which will repeal and replace the Road Traffic Act of 1938, was tabled in the Upper House a short while ago.
However, Senator Ruel Reid, acting leader of government business in the Senate, indicated that the bill will be considered at a later date.
Reid explained that the delay is to allow for public education and consultation on the provisions of the proposed legislation.
He did not give a time frame for when the bill will be put to a vote.
The Road Traffic Act 2018 was sent back to the Senate after it was passed in the House of Representatives last week with six new amendments.
The revised legislation, which began its journey through Parliament four years ago, creates new traffic offences, such as driving with a cell phone or other communication devices, and increases the fines for existing offences.
It was passed in the Lower House in February with 161 amendments.
Three months later, it was approved in the Upper House with 131 amendments.