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Amended vehicles and road traffic legislation in effect

PRESS RELEASE: An amendment to the Vehicles and Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) legislation is now in effect.

Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr Andrew St. Hilaire said the policy on traffic signs is to reflect standards that are more readily recognised by motorists and the public.

The amendment will introduce additional signage and regulations in a proactive approach to continuously enhance the quality of service provided. These include:

  • Picture signage to match traditional word signs;
  • Dual speed limits of miles per hour and kilometres per hour;
  • Traffic control signage by uniformed or authorised police;
  • Prohibition of hazardous material transported by trucks and excavators on roadway;
  • Cell phone use prohibition;
  • Expanded list of supplemental regulatory plaques;
  • Enhanced crosswalk road marking;
  • Parking space boundaries for accessibility parking;
  • Improvements to speed bump markings;
  • Flashing mode of traffic lights;
  • Guide signs to provide street names, information to road users, directions to public places, and road user services;
  • Emergency management information (emergency contacts)

The Road Traffic Act (Cap. 218) of the Laws of the Virgin Islands empowers the minister to make regulations for the kinds and descriptions of traffic signs for the safety, control and regulation of traffic.

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  1. Tiro says:

    What is flashing mode of traffic lights? Is this something like the flashing lights which were across from treasure isle hotel?

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  2. Prosper says:

    What about the 20 miles per hour sign on the highway?
    What about the bright blue lights in the night?
    Work fast elections around the corner.

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  3. Rubber Duck says:

    Get rid of traffic lights. Traffic flows much better since Irma screwed them. And they have no place in BVI.

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  4. Lanyard says:

    What of lane markings so that people stay on their side and not assume

  5. Streetwatch says:

    Trucks need to be tested regularly for safety, emissions and noise.

  6. duck1951 says:

    Anything to prevent an accident is worthwhile . I have 3

    1 . Put clear dividing lines at corners on the highways with clear instructions not to pass .

    2. Hightlight the zebra paths for pedestrian crossings with additional signs .

    3. Heavier penalties for drivers passing at corners .

  7. Ausar says:

    This is great news!

    Advancement of roadway procedues are always in the best interest of motorists and the country!

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