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RVIPF seeks support for law abiding scooter operation

File photo of a number of seized scooters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Operations by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force within the last two months has resulted in the seizure of ten cycles – five oversized motorbikes and five scooters -- for not being licenced, insured and registered; none of the scooter riders were, at the time of the seizure, wearing helmets.

The scooters are being held until the owners can produce the necessary documentation.

Head of Operations Acting Superintendent Kenrick Headley states that while these scooters were seized without injury to riders or bystanders, the risk to both is always high when pursuing these cyclists.

“A large number of scooter riders on the Territory’s roads are not wearing crash helmets and serious head injuries are likely should there be a collision. Therefore, while we do seize these cycles wherever possible, our obligation to the public is to use wisdom and good judgment and consider safety first all,” he said.

The Acting Superintendent noted that, by law, the lack of necessary credentials to operate a cycle will result in the seizure of that cycle however the lack a helmet will only result in a ticket and fine.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is looking to churches and youth leaders, relatives, friends and, in particular parents, to do their part in safeguarding lives by encouraging these young motor scooter or cycle riders to abide by the law.

The law requires operators of scooters or cycles to be 16 years or older and have a valid motorcycle permit or a Class ‘M’ V.I. motorcycle driver’s license. A three-month permit to ride is obtained in order to prepare for the driving test administered through the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV). The permit, which is only valid for three months, will allow a rider to take that test and ensure competency to operate a motor scooter.

Legal operators must have their scooters or cycles registered with the DMV and can only do so if the cycle is of the legal size limit of 125cc or below. The two identification plates issued upon registration must be affixed to the scooter or cycle – one at the front and one at the back. In addition, the vehicle must also be licenced which requires a policy of insurance. While the high cost of scooter/cycle insurance may be an issue for some, it covers the rider, the cycle and any property damage in the event of a collision.

The law also requires that crash helmets be worn by both riders and passengers when a cycle is in operation and it is strongly advised that cyclist wear proper safety gear to prevent injury to exposed skin.

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