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RVIPF seeks support for law-abiding scooter riders

March 29th, 2012 | Tags: RVIPF motor scooters
The motorcycles seized by Police with the last week.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In a joint operation between the Traffic Department and the Tactical Unit, five motor scooters were seized in Road Town area, one in Cane Garden Bay and one in the East End area for not having proof of ownership, licence, insurance and registration within the last week.

The scooters are being held in custody until the owners can produced the necessary documentation.

Head of Operations Superintendent St. Clair Amory stated that efforts to curb the number of scooters and cycles driven without the necessary credentials and outfitted with mufflers to emit loud noises continue to be a priority.

“We are concern that there are still a large number of scooter riders on the Territory’s roads that have not met the requirements by law. There are many young scooter and cycle owners who do not have licences and therefore do not have insurance for these vehicles. We have an obligation to the public to ensure that all who use the roadways have the necessary credentials and that these vehicles are not a noise nuisance to the public.

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

The law requires that operators of scooters or cycles 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 insure 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 within the legal size limit of 125cc or below. 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 with 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 someone else’s property damage in the event of a collision.

The law requires that crash helmets be worn by both riders and passengers when the vehicle is in operation and it is strongly advised that cyclist wear proper safety gear. Exposed skin in the fender-bender can be tragic for a cyclist.

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