Since the implementation of the second night-time ban on motorcycles, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has recorded an increase in riders becoming regularised.
Transportation Minister Kye Rymer gave that indication during a recent session in the House of Assembly where he outlined some of the positive results.
He said: “Thirty-three persons visited the department, and of that 33, seven persons obtained new scooter or motorcycle licenses, eight persons upgraded their licenses to include the ‘M’ class, and eighteen licensed their motorcycle.”
“On the sister island of Virgin Gorda, four persons completed the motorcycle test and were successful,” the minister added.
To further encourage motorcyclists to get on the right side of the law, Rymer said the DMV will be hosting a registration drive which is slated for next weekend.
“The department continues to reach out to riders as they take the office outdoors on the 25th – 26th July 2020, where we will be hosting a ‘Grand Motorcycle Licensing and Registration Drive’ at the Lloyd Road behind the Ralph T O’Neal Administration Building starting at 10 am,” he stated.
Tougher penalties coming
In the meantime, scooter riders and other motorists failing to adhere to the Road Traffic Act will soon be facing much tougher penalties.
Minister Rymer said his ministry has been working with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force to make a number of amendments to the Road Traffic Act which was last amended in 2011.
“These [new] amendments seek mainly to increase the penalties for various road offences that are caused by motorists indiscriminately violating the regulations governing the roadways,” he said.
“It is our hope that these increases will be a deterrent to motorists contravening the law thereby increasing the overall safety on the roadways,” Rymer added.
According to the minister, these amendments will target areas such as riders operating motorcycles without helmets, falsified license plates on vehicles, driving or riding without due care to other road users, and parking in a no-parking zone.
The night ban for scooter riders expires on Thursday, July 16.