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Gov't moving apace to increase legal limit of cc for motorcycles

- draft bill to be taken to Cabinet
Government is moving apace to bring legislation to the House of Assembly (HoA) to increase the legal limit of cc for motorcycles and scooters in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Crossroad Powersports
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) on July 16, 2019, during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), said a draft bill is in circulation and will soon hit the cabinet level seeking to allow the importation of motorcycles above 125cc to the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) on July 16, 2019, during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), said a draft bill is in circulation and will soon hit the cabinet level seeking to allow the importation of motorcycles above 125cc to the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Government is moving apace to bring legislation to the House of Assembly (HoA) to increase the legal limit of cc for motorcycles and scooters in the Virgin Islands.

CC in motorcycles/scooters stands for Cubic Centimeter capacity of combustion cylinder, which denotes the power in the engine. The more the CC, the more power of the bikes.

125cc is the legal limit for motorcycles in the territory.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) on July 16, 2019, during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), said a draft bill is in circulation and will soon hit the cabinet level seeking to grant motorcyclists their wishes.

“Mr Speaker, I am pleased to report that a draft Cabinet Paper is in circulation and will be presented to Cabinet shortly, seeking approval for the official drafting of the amendment to the relevant legislation.”

Public bus service

Meanwhile, Hon Rymer said his ministry is looking at revamping the community bus systems to allow for a more reliable and affordable means of transportation on Tortola.

“Once this pilot is successful we intend to model it on Virgin Gorda, as the first sister island to follow.”

Hon Rymer said he recently visited Bermuda to have a first-hand feel of how that territory’s bus system operates and what best practices are applicable to the Virgin Islands.

“Mr Speaker, I am pleased to report that I led a delegation to our sister overseas territory of Bermuda. This trip, Mr Speaker, was arranged to experience and gather information behind the 70-year history of their public transportation services, along with their daily operations, pros and cons, of having such a system and the benefits to their community,” Hon Rymer reported.

Members of the public were offered the opportunity to make their input via an online survey on the proposed public transportation system.

One of the objectives of the proposed system is to reduce the congestion in the capital, Road Town, and make it more pedestrian friendly.

14 Responses to “Gov't moving apace to increase legal limit of cc for motorcycles”

  • Ras Bunk (18/07/2019, 09:24) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    I can't wait for this to pass. Progress!
  • Hmmm (18/07/2019, 10:02) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a bit scary. Please invest in fixing the roads for these bikers. We need safe roads as well.
  • Error Alert! (18/07/2019, 10:23) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    What an unwarranted idea! We've already shown that there is no person or organisation in the territory that is willing or trying to manage the chaos and lawlessness that is the current scenario of motorbikes. Now you think the remedy is to make it worse. Great plan....
    • wize up (18/07/2019, 11:07) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Erroe Alert: place a call to your Commissioner of police: that department regulates your concerns: I know there is rapid response unit with all manner of automatic weapons all over our territory maybe this gun squad deal with traffic: whatever become of the original traffic department: lawlessness appears to be the order of the day in our territory
  • lodger (18/07/2019, 10:44) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    MADNESS! It may not cost govt anything in the short term, but NHI, other road users, and courts will feel it later.
  • Pssst.... (18/07/2019, 11:04) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    'Nature's Little Secret' No More!!

    It's only gonna get LOUDER and MIRE DANGEROUS on the roads all over the island.

    Sorry, but it's the truth.
  • wisdom (18/07/2019, 11:38) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hon Rymer please rethink this plan or it should be in harmony with a plan to increase the services at the hospital which should also include more beds. Will the police be out ensuring that the speed limit is adhered to with these faster crotch rockets on the road? What is your plan to ensure that the roads are safe and resurfaced for better driving and riding? Seems to me like you are putting the cart before the horse. Are you trying to please a few for some votes? Hardly a good reason for the long run.
  • j (18/07/2019, 13:37) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    The premier wants it to be done so it is a done deal. Sounds pretty familiar to me.
  • tola (18/07/2019, 14:53) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    Please bring jag racing to the BVI sure that will bring a lot a money here !!!!!!!!
    • WHAT!!! (18/07/2019, 18:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      “tola”. Your level of intelligence is showing , what is “jag racing” ???
      • WHAT!!!??? (19/07/2019, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        I think they meant DRAG Racing.....
        Which would be a REAL DRAG for "Nature's Little Secret' (NO MORE!)

        Big Bikes and Jet Ski's are only going to make this little island paradise NOISY and less paradisical.
  • Vitran (18/07/2019, 16:03) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    Bus service. Hmm. Would be nice but it have people here who bum rides from East to West,day and night. Not even a 3 dollar to pay the Urvans, Hiace and L200s
  • Jordana (19/07/2019, 13:14) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Min. Rhymer and Min. Fahie, thus motorcycle legislation is a terrible idea.. first of all the police officers are not even upholding the Law when it comes to enforcing the wearing of helmets and the speed limit and we want to speak about bringing bigger bikes!!!!!.. have we forgotten the many motorcycle accidents because riders not adhering to the safely laws!!!!..the police officers don’t always do their job. Yes I can see officer callwood enforcing this but others no, no for i’ve seen it with my own eyes.. our roads need to be fixed etc.. if we can’t enforce simple laws now like having them wear helmets what will happen going forward!!!:. BAD BAD IDEA..the public bus service is a great idea.. however we need proper bus stops again erected as to not have persons dropped off in the street which is dangerous..proper planning need to be done to accommodate persons working late night shifts e.g nurses .. public transportation -Great idea.. bigger motorcycles - Bad plan..


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