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Seized motor scooters will be crushed- CoP

- said blaming the hurricanes for not being licensed or insured will not be entertained
Seized motor scooters at the Road Town Police Station, some of which are expected to be scrapped. Photo: VINO
Uninsured and unlicensed motor scooters seized by police will be crushed, according to Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews. Photo: VINO/File
Uninsured and unlicensed motor scooters seized by police will be crushed, according to Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews has said his job is to enforce the laws of the territory, traffic laws included and he has been given no direction by the Governor or the Government to be flexible in the application of the law when it comes to traffic violations, ‘so we will continue to prosecute.’ Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews has said his job is to enforce the laws of the territory, traffic laws included and he has been given no direction by the Governor or the Government to be flexible in the application of the law when it comes to traffic violations, ‘so we will continue to prosecute.’ Photo: VINO/File
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI – While the territory and more so the police are eagerly awaiting the return of regular sittings of the Magistrate’s and High Courts, there is a minimising of arrests for small matters; however, when it comes to the breaking of traffic laws, especially by scooter riders, a harsh measure is now being taken- to crush the seized motor scooters.

Commissioner of Police (CoP) Mr Michael B. Matthews told reporters at a press conference held at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force’s temporary headquarters, on the upper flat of the Rite Way Supermarket at Pasea, on January 29, 2018, that as a move to have persons understand the need to respect the traffic laws of the territory of the (British) Virgin Islands, seized motor scooters will be crushed.

“The message is very clear, a scooter is an expensive investment, particularly for a young person, but you know what? If you are going to break the law and ride around without a helmet or ride around recklessly, no license, no insurance, and we catch you and we are catching you, we are going to seize the scooter and the direction I am giving is send them and scrap them.

“Take them down at a wrecker and have the scooters crushed up because people got to learn that there are laws in the Territory despite what happened, because we all know a lot of these people were breaching the traffic laws of this Territory long before the hurricanes came,” said the CoP sternly.

Youth the biggest culprits

According to the top cop, the biggest culprits of breaking the laws with motor scooters are the youth but suffice to say they are not the only ones and he is not “picking” on them. He went as far to explain that there are “respectable persons of society” that are also being found compromising the traffic laws.

“It’s interesting though that even the most respectable in society think its ok to drive around in uninsured vehicles or vehicles with dangerous parts hanging off them with the same excuse of ‘oh its Irma, there is no vehicle parts in the territory.’”

Mr Matthews insisted that his job is to enforce the laws of the Territory, traffic laws included, and he has been given no direction by the Governor or the Government to be flexible in the application of the law when it comes to traffic violations, “so we will continue to prosecute.”

He added that the situation of scooters and other motor vehicles operating illegally in the Territory has been made worse following the passage of the 2017 hurricanes.

“Because my officers are finding it now that they are prosecuting people for driving around without licenses plates on quite frequently now and the excuse is ‘it was blown off by (Hurricane) Irma’, well tell that to the magistrate and see if the magistrate believes you. Or ‘I couldn’t get it insured because of Irma’ why is that, ‘oh the insurance office is damaged’. Lots and lots of new excuses are coming out. But the bottom line is youth in particular. I am not picking on the young people in this Territory but in particular younger elements of our society have chosen to continue to break our traffic laws.”

26 Responses to “Seized motor scooters will be crushed- CoP”

  • ... (30/01/2018, 14:22) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    There are scooters in the uk
  • wize up (30/01/2018, 15:39) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    will the cars of uninsured drivers be crushed as well: I personally thought the laws of this territory were pass by the house of assembly then enforced by the relevant departments: the riders of the scooters are the problem NOT the scooters: it will be nice to know which chapter of the law is applicable with this department
    • Outlaw (31/01/2018, 06:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Wize up it will be better if you call yourself fool up, you always saying you was a police, if you really was, then you would have at least read the police act and would have been very familiar with the section that speaks about unclaimed good coming into the hands of the police. What you don’t know, you don’t try to speak about. Do you really think if persons had any proper documentation for those scooters so many of them would be sitting there in the police station. Enforcing the law where scooter is concerned may seem simple to many but it’s not as simple as it seems. Getting them stop can cause a very serious problem. On another note you see grown men in this society riding those scooters every day with out helmet and doing all sort of nonsense, so what do we expect from out youths.
      • wize up (31/01/2018, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ outlaw: sit and discuss your findings with your commissioner or better yet take trip to the UK: because sewage like you is simply pumped out to sea....one love @&$-wipe by the way have blessed 2018 and keep blogging
        • Outlaw (31/01/2018, 19:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Jeremiah “wize up” C, take a good look at yourself in the mirror and see who really look like sewage. You really need a good clean up so am sending the fire truck.
  • Diego Penn (30/01/2018, 15:52) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    This is not the right thing to do if the bike have legal owner let them come forward with their documents at that time you make them then take the papers to have it insured then to traffic to have it licence all this time the bike are at the station the officers will inspect the bikes for road worthyness then the owner must come with all documents to support insurance and licence along with the proper helmet to receive his or her bike I say this in all fairness to those bikers because when houses, cars,boats ,planes etc are seize they are auction off
    • Fair (30/01/2018, 18:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      A time limit would have to be placed on how long the owner has to get their documents in order.
      • dog (31/01/2018, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        sell the scooters overseas- africa or Haiti where they could be used and BVI could make some money.
    • blame (30/01/2018, 19:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The commissioner is only doing what is in his power for he appears to stand alone with this issue, as he is starting to realize why alot of people dont come forward to speak. The judiciary has hurt this country in the past big time with their poor judgement and punishment of crime example the looting. The sentencing for that was a disgrace.

      The legislatures refuse to bring harsh penalties against these bikers especially when the perpetrators of many shootings have choosing this mode of transportation to commit their vicious act. Not to mention many young people continue to lose their lives because of reckless driving. Why these kids are allow to ride at such a young age when they cannot operate a car beats me.

      But the politicians have now targeted the young people who are naive and not capable of grasping issues and who they can influence to vote easily. As a result they refuse to pass any laws that may offend them even if its in their best interest and safety in the long run.
    • Times Changed I guess (02/02/2018, 00:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is exactly what they made us do back when they took our scooters when we were younger and as soon as we showed the legal papers for the scooter and had it license and insured ,we were allowed to leave the station with our scooters by riding it or having it transported by pick-up trucks
  • rider (30/01/2018, 16:30) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    Scare tatics
    Every one he send to crush the FORCE will have to compensate the owner. Dont let Matthew come here with be Mickey mouse tactics thinking because we black we stupid . The law was written for all a we
    Proceed

    Next
    • wize up (30/01/2018, 18:25) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ rider: I second your motion without any prejudice or malice and who vex can simply stay vex: this is not a police state where the head of police can just up do WTF he thinks is applicable: due process of the law still exist here: if the department can’t get simple riders of scooters regulated; yet some of us expect that department to solve the other issues......we can cuss out the sewage department; we can cuss of the electricity department BUT some of you getting on the high horse should we speak about the ineffectiveness of police department.....
  • Wait and see (30/01/2018, 16:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    daily there are motorbikes without helmets, insurance & reckless driving without ANY police stopping them

    This police commissioner talks a lot and does very little..
    • Reply (30/01/2018, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Oh, please, Mr. wait and see, don't cut our relations to zero! Don't throw us in the briar patch!
  • Reportallcrime (30/01/2018, 19:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Commissioner of Police has no legal authority to destroy these scooters unless they are prohibited to be owned by law, as in the case of a cycle that exceeded the 125cc allowed. In the case where the legal owner cannot be determined, efforts should be made to find them by way of a notice posted in a public medium. After a reasonable period and no one comes forward to claim the vehicle in this case scooter, steps could be taken to destroyed it. In some countries it is auctioned. The law gave the COP authority to take or cause a vehicle, this includes a scooter to be taken to a Police Station to determine if that vehicle is in contravention of the law. Once this is done and where an offense(s) has been detected, that person should be charged. No where does it authorized the destruction of the vehicle unless it is one that is iprohibited as mentioned earlier. In the words of one writer "my people are destroyed because of the lack of knowledge"
  • yes (30/01/2018, 22:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is done in Canada. And they also do it to cars
  • Ja rules (30/01/2018, 23:53) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ban them get raid of them please please please
  • musa (31/01/2018, 05:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on daag do some thing better
  • See (31/01/2018, 08:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is all BS . The police will NEVER do anything about the baby bikers . Just cell phones and seat belts . Less stress for them
  • NezRez (31/01/2018, 13:29) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    None of this would have happened if the police had enforced the laws from the beginning . Every scooter rider should have been made to adhere to the law like every other vehicle owner by getting insurance and registered at DMV. Now that it has gotten out of hand, they want to blame the irresponsible riders which THEY allowed to get away with it. The rationale solution would be to auction off the scooters, but buyers must present insurance documentation to the police department before releasing them, and then they can go to DMV to be registered. Now after that any scooter on the road driving illegally can be seen not having plates and not wearing helmets will be pulled over and fined, and if the fine isn’t paid, their scooter will be auctioned off. Crushing them is just out and out STUPID!
  • Headon (31/01/2018, 23:10) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good crush them bad boys
  • wow (01/02/2018, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cops Need to get around. Why do that and you have eq. there
  • Gail (01/02/2018, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The scooters can be painted police colors, and officers should be using them to get around and be able to catch offenders quicker. A police car can not outrun a scooter, but a police scooter can keep up with them. Also, police on scooters should ride one on each scooter in pairs so they won’t be alone in case of real trouble. Patrol cars keep them too comfortable so they never want to get out of them, and this is why we have the scooter problems now. I have seen scooters fly past patrol cars showing no plates, helmets, and riding two with none of the equipment they should have, and the police did nothing. The problems are not scooters, but lazy police not enforcing the laws.
  • retired (01/02/2018, 22:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The RVIPF members should watch some re-runs of the old CHiPS television drama show from the 70's and then use the confiscated scooters to chase and catch these offenders. 2 wheels are lot more agile than 4.
  • Times Changed I guess (02/02/2018, 00:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Police here talking about crushing people scooters because of x.y.z but tell me something , how many of those same police vehicles ain't license and insured or even have proper running lights and stuff?? The same crap they want to haul you into court for I'd the same crap going on on most of the Government vehicles and the Police vehicles!!! Sad to say if ayo stop me for something I hope y'all are 100% cause I'm definitely calling you out on them aswell.... Sickening now, 1 cannot uphold the law by breaking or bending it to suit them !!
  • Sell them (06/02/2018, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think the bikes should be sold or auctioned abroad. Its a waste and very deplorable to throw good useable vehicles in the trash.


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