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Amended Vehicles & Road Traffic Legislation in effect

October 25th, 2018 | Tags:
Amended Vehicles & Road Traffic Legislation in effect. Photo: Provided
An amendment to the Vehicles and Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Legislation is now in effect. This is according to a release from the Government Information Service dated, 24 October 2018.

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 kilometers 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.

5 Responses to “Amended Vehicles & Road Traffic Legislation in effect ”

  • ok (25/10/2018, 11:36) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    We desperately need to replace the traffics lights at the admin intersection. Also, at the high school intersection and at a few others through out Road Town.
  • Traffic control (25/10/2018, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    hahahahahahaha! More laws to be ignored
  • Traffic control (25/10/2018, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hahahahahahaha! More laws to be ignored
  • enough (25/10/2018, 16:20) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Nothing said about right hand drive vehicles, these are not for the BVI. Drivers don't stay on their side of the road especially around corners. And the age of vehicles entering the country that need to be looked at also. Lesson from IRMA vehicles should be tracked from purchase, sold and demolition over its lifetime to ensure that people are not leaving derelict vehicles all over the BVI.
    • Not so! (26/10/2018, 20:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @enough. Actually given that the BVI drivers drive on the left side of the road, they really should be using right hand drive vehicles.

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