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Curfew for scooter riders being considered - Premier Smith

- says considerations are being looked at to implement a curfew for scooter riders to help reduce crime
According to Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, a curfew is being considered for scooter users following the recent crimes that have been seeing scooters as a means of transportation for criminals. Photo: VINO/File
His Excellency, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert (left) and Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance (right), addressing the issue of security during at joint press conference today, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Governor's House in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
His Excellency, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert (left) and Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance (right), addressing the issue of security during at joint press conference today, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Governor's House in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
It was since late last year that social and political commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called for a complete ban on motor scooters in the VI during his radio talk show Honestly Speaking on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Photo: Facebook
It was since late last year that social and political commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called for a complete ban on motor scooters in the VI during his radio talk show Honestly Speaking on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Noise from motor scooters as well as their reckless use have been a major issue affecting the residents throughout the Virgin Islands community and, now with the recent crimes, it was been observed scooters have been one of the modes of transportation for criminals to easily commit a crime and make their getaway.

It was the Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Matthews, who had sought to clamp down on the misuse of motor scooters in the territory by calling on legislators to implement stricter penalties for scooter riders, such as having their bikes crushed.

Possible Curfew for scooter riders

During a joint press conference today, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 with His Excellency Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, the Premier said that considerations are being looked at to having a curfew for scooter riders.

He said, “I understand the concerns of the scooters and even before the criminal activity, the scooter caused disturbance and noise. From a point of view of the activities, which of course is illegal or criminal, then we are looking at a curfew that’s being suggested so they will be off the road at a certain time. These are things that are being looked at and considered and we will come up with a plan to hopefully reduce the use of these vehicles for crime.”

“A means of transportation for individuals”

Meanwhile, Premier Smith pointed out that he recognises that individuals use this as a mean of transportation to get to work and also for recreational use but noted that they must observe the needs of persons living within the various communities.

“While it is important that people must be able to use that mode of transportation for going to work and recreation, it is also important that they also observe the needs of other persons living in various communities,” he said.

In addition, he commented that another challenge that has been occurring is the scooter riders not wearing helmets while riding, noting that the fines that have been levied is small and will be looked into as well.

Furthermore, the Premier stated that it is also important to look out for the safety of the individuals who ride the scooters as well, emphasising that they will come up with a plan to solve the problems.

‘Ban all scooters’

It was since late last year that social and political commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called for a complete ban on motor scooters in the VI.

Mr Skelton-Cline was at the time speaking with Commissioner Matthews on his radio programme, Honestly Speaking, aired on ZBVI 780 AM, Tuesday November 28, 2017.

His call had also come on the heels of the shooting of three persons, two of whom died, in the West End area on November 22, 2017, allegedly by two persons on motor scooters.

“I am in favour of the complete ban on scooters in our country for two reasons; we have seen a tremendous amount of our young people who have died, riding these things, being reckless and careless…and because they are now being used in criminal activity to do what they do and then escape,” Mr Skelton-Cline had said.

41 Responses to “Curfew for scooter riders being considered - Premier Smith”

  • critic (27/02/2018, 15:46) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Operation Muzzle on it's way, watch out.
    • Just woke. (27/02/2018, 16:50) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
      Good News. 6pm to 6am no Scooters.. It Scares the hell out of me when Scooters pull up long side my vehicle at night even if they just over taking me.. I have heard a lot of folks say the same...
    • good (27/02/2018, 16:59) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
      We brought it on ourselves no?
  • ABC (27/02/2018, 15:56) Like (11) Dislike (22) Reply
    This is bull shitt weak on crime
  • Mouse (27/02/2018, 16:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
  • street reporter. (27/02/2018, 16:41) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    Great move. Over due. One thing we can't accuse our premier of is not listening. He is giving the public his Ears..
  • Eagle Eye (27/02/2018, 16:51) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Put camaras at the entrance and exit of every village town and beach
    • LBJ (27/02/2018, 23:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Beach? I need to make my moves.
    • dog (28/02/2018, 00:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      especially those beaches that are out of the way. youth and criminals gather at beaches not in the public eye like
      smugglers, long bay west and east ends. even Josiahs.
  • The Watcher (27/02/2018, 16:57) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Not possible curfew, No wasting time let's go!
  • Really? (27/02/2018, 17:20) Like (7) Dislike (21) Reply
    I think the issue here is enforcement. To put a curfew on scooters is used constitutional. So what age group is being targeted here? Who is the mischief group? Are you telling me that a mature adult with a legitimate business cannot be in the road conducting legal business affairs? That law of passed will get the government into legal hot water as a mischief law. Not because it is passed into legislation makes it ok to violate the rights of the citizen. I cannot be left crippled and business suffer for to the police not able to do their work. So after we got to put curfew oh the strip close too? Get real NDP! THANK YOU
  • YOLO (27/02/2018, 17:38) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    It don't make sense to put curfew on bikes. It don't make sense to ban bikes. What make sense is... put up the legal age for bikes. What make sense set up a rule that state no helmet, bike will automatically get crush weather it's license or not....make the rules strick....if you break the rules you lose you bike license,and your not allowed to buy a next bike or import....and make sure the bike dealership understand or they will lose there trade license.....if any of there family members help them to get a bike make sure you set the fine very high so they wouldn't even think of doing it. Only police can set them straight set up a operation on the high way sweet feed
    • nope (27/02/2018, 18:27) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      There should be no considering nothing, just make it happen. It needs to be done.
  • Dolittle (27/02/2018, 17:54) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can't expect anything from the Premier. He didn't utter a word last year when Mr.Penn and the innocent child was gunned down by scooter riders. The leadership of our islands has failed us
  • wize up (27/02/2018, 18:11) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    my goodness not everyone using a scooter simply as a means of transportation is involved with criminal conduct in this territory: it might not be fair to lump everyone in the same category but I am simply a fry in the big ocean: my question what next???
  • See (27/02/2018, 18:29) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just enforce the damn existing laws . All this is lame talk typical of the local law enforcers and judges . No teeth while the country gets held hostage . Arrest no helmits no insurance no liscence modified bikes reckless driving . Not hard to do
    • wize up (27/02/2018, 21:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ see: enforcement is the big issue in this place: walk through road town not one police...we have laws on the books for every possible violation you can think on: a few years ago some persons cried out for stiffer penalties for guns-the law was passed yet we still having all of these gun involved crimes: enforcement is very poor....
      • sorry (28/02/2018, 13:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        And that’s how the cookies crumbles. Where ever it falls, it falls. When crap goes on for too long and then it’s much too late to try to FIX what’s already broken, then a whole lot of the innocent have to suffer for the very few guilty. Chose your poison.
        Do we want this to stop? YES OR NO? Something has to give brother.
    • pete (28/02/2018, 00:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      agree. and raise the age for riding. You can hear bikes from miles away.
  • usa (27/02/2018, 19:26) Like (1) Dislike (24) Reply
    May be we can chalk this up as an example of white privilege in the BVI?
    • Black woman (28/02/2018, 03:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so utterly foolish!!!
      If you don't have any thing to say, please say nothing.
      • wize up (28/02/2018, 07:42) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
        @ black woman: why when we blog anything that remotely implement whites some of all you so defensive and when the negro population is being belittle there is a far different response yes some of we speak so poorly against our fellow caribbean brothers and sisters while others are given a bed of me foolish because I done that!!!!(you know about sticks & stones)
  • wow (27/02/2018, 19:43) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    These bike they r annoying they dont served anyone at nite but criminals, if u have a business put labels on ur bike. I support a band on them at nite com on powers that be make it happen create some calm m these virgin islands. Im afraid to leave my home at nite because my blood run cold wen ever one of them bike pull up behind or along side me.
  • pete (27/02/2018, 19:49) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Curfew on, we can sleep all night long. Yes, I agree.
  • Boo (27/02/2018, 20:01) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Like 'lando Aricept meds finally kick in. Finally a reasonable idea out of this gang of jokers
  • yea (27/02/2018, 20:58) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just band these bikes
  • Noise? (27/02/2018, 21:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    We don’t need a scooter curfew. Just enforce the ban on the types. Keep the engines quiet so as to avoid noise pollution. Confiscate the ones that break the law. Although I doubt that this is about noise. Please don't target all scooter riders because a few of them are hoodlems. A curfew won’t fix the problems we have with violence.
  • Welsah (27/02/2018, 22:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is good, but he needs to ban them altogether.
  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (28/02/2018, 01:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Joke you sound like a joke but you scared...Drink some courage juice and stop being a cowardly lion. You sound like white people that get scared when black people get close and they lock their car doors and grab their purses or follow behind them in a store 6PM- 6 AM What about those honestly going to work and about their business with no criminal intent? @YOLO you sound ridiculous...have several seats please...No dealership is going to comply. You will crush their business and you must support local businesses especially now. You take away the business and they start finding other ways to survive and not everyone will go on the righteous path. @WizeUp you make sense in saying you can't isolate one set of people whether innocent or not. This will cause problems. @See you make a good point. Top cop Matthews talk about community cooperation and he can't even get full cooperation from his fellow officers. How many crimes expat police forces solved? The local police slapping their friends on the wrist letting them go. When will he admit that? Tired of he too with he one sided talk. Talk deh tings dem if you really gon talk mehson and done.
  • jah know (28/02/2018, 07:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This don't make no sense unless y'all planning to actually chase them. If you don't do anything about them at day what makes me think you would do anything about them at night??? Chase them day and night once you have authority to do so, put pressure on them. No helmet, no license plate, no lights, go after them like how supercop harass innocent drivers.
  • CGB resident (28/02/2018, 08:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem with the scooters is how do you catch them? That’s why criminals use them, you can make all the laws you want but if you can’t arrest them you can’t enforce them.
  • Ehh (28/02/2018, 08:31) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't think this would be a good reason for the simple fact that after the hurricanes, people lost their usual mean of transportation. A scooter might have been one of the many types of transportation they've resorted too and lets not forget those that have been riding scooters before to get to work. Those are some of the things they should consider and find a solution to that before they outright just put a curfew on them.
    • Hmmm (28/02/2018, 18:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      95% of scooter riders are young people a curfew from 6 to 6 is just right
  • watcher (28/02/2018, 09:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ban them from the territory. Perhaps allow electric ones but enforce rules on helmets etc.
  • adult (28/02/2018, 10:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm 42 pay my taxes and don't beg anyone for anything I have the right to ride my bike whenever I want
  • ausar (28/02/2018, 12:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A little too late after sooo many murders

    6am-6pm No exceptions!
    • Really (28/02/2018, 14:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      So u think banning scooter could stop murder wa going stop the killer them from buying a Jeep and continue them killing stop being a idiot please
    • Idiot (28/02/2018, 17:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol... you sound so stupid. bear in mind that they are establishment like the college that has night classes to accommodate persons that work. we should not have to suffer because of the foolish act of these young thugs.
      • Hmmm (01/03/2018, 21:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What time in the night does the college close does students go to the college with scooters????????? Well i would say 6am to 7pm. And the roads should remain in the state it is in so they will not ride speed on it
  • TICK TICK BOOM (28/02/2018, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

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