The three-week ‘5 pm to 5 am’ ban placed on local bikes will not apply to a select category of riders while they are travelling to or from work.
This was the indication outlined in the Road Traffic (Restriction of Use of Motor Cycle) Regulations published in government’s official newsletter, the Gazette, on Thursday, June 4.
These categories of riders include security guards employed by a private security service provider, Customs and Immigration officers, as well as persons employed in the essential services.
Section 2 of the Virgin Islands Labour Code defines ‘essential services’ as workers employed in the police service, prison service, Water & Sewerage services, Fire & Rescue Service, electricity generation & distribution services, telecommunication services, healthcare providers, transportation services, and port services.
Penalty of up to $3K
In the meantime, the specific biking regulation states that “no person shall, between the hours of 5 pm to 5 am daily, drive a motorcycle on any road.”
The gazetted document further said persons who contravene this regulation “commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction (a conviction in the Magistrate’s Court) to a fine not exceeding $3,000”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Premier Andrew Fahie said the move is “for the safety and convenience” of the bikers and the wider public.
Since the announcement of the ban, there have been mixed reactions from the public. Some have condemned the decision while others have applauded the government but said the life of the policy was too short.
The ban will cease to apply on June 25, 2020.
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