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We are not putting down speed bumps ‘willy-nilly’– Hon Rymer

A number of speed bumps have been placed on roadways in the Virgin Islands for the safety of residents and visitors alike. Photo: VINO
A speed bump in front of the Methodist Church in Cane Garden Bay in the Second District. Photo: VINO
A speed bump in front of the Methodist Church in Cane Garden Bay in the Second District. Photo: VINO
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said when speed bumps are installed anywhere in the territory it is because there were requests for them. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said when speed bumps are installed anywhere in the territory it is because there were requests for them. Photo: VINO/File
Speed bumps in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
Speed bumps in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
Speed bumps in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
Speed bumps in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
A speed bump in the vicinity of the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
A speed bump in the vicinity of the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said when speed bumps are installed anywhere in the territory it is because there were requests for them.

“I also just want to highlight that school has just started again, and we ask motorists to drive with caution. A lot of those schools are requesting speed bumps and various things to control the traffic. I hear the complaints about speed bumps, and I just want the public to know that there are 13 members in here and we have nine districts, and when a speed bump goes into a district, it is because a request has been made; whether by the District Rep or someone stating for the safety of that area,” Hon Rymer said during the continuation of the 11th Sitting of the 3rd Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on September 9, 2021.

“So I just want to highlight that speed bumps we are not just putting them down willy-nilly, but it’s because persons felt that it was necessary for the safety of residents and motorists alike.”

Steeper fines coming

Honourable Rymer also said steeper fines are coming for those who are violating the rules of the territory’s roads. 

“I just want to make the motoring public aware of the amendments. We are working on some amendments for the Road Traffic Act. Mr Speaker, we have spoken about this, we have spoken about the nuisances, the loudness of the scooters, the loudness of vehicles even with the music, the exhaust.”

He added: “We are addressing those things in our amendment where we will have increased fines. We will also be hoping to equip the police officers with testers so that they can test the decibels that will be mandated by law, and fines will be attached to that.”

Honourable Rymer said he was, as a consequence, beseeching all to get their vehicles, scooters in order but also promised to have public dialogues on the content of the proposed amendments to the legislation.

24 Responses to “We are not putting down speed bumps ‘willy-nilly’– Hon Rymer”

  • Too high (14/09/2021, 10:25) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    The speed bumps are not properly designed and are to high an the lot if car cabt get over them with out going sideways they need to be fix properly
    • not the USA (14/09/2021, 12:35) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
      the cars need to put proper profile tyres on then no need to go sideways
      • @not the USA (14/09/2021, 13:43) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        you realize you're the word cars was used and not SUV, is not as simple as "let me drop some 17" on my 14" wheel hubs" most cars need modifying to accommodate bigger wheels.....and why do you need to change something that came stock to allowed you to drive on something call road. Government wasting our tax payers money in covering potholes rather than fixing the issues. they out here treating the problem instead of fixing it, but then again that's how they make money
      • Not because you got (15/09/2021, 15:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Your big SUV with off road tyres.You realize every licensed vehicle paying taxes to be on the road. Whether it’s an G Wagen AMG Benz or a mini moke. I could put any type of tyres I see fit on my ride. The money I pay to DMV is to fix the roads. The money I pay at customs is to help with roads too. Point blank we don’t have one mile of good roads and to add insult to injury they placing high speed bumps all over the place mashing up people vehicles
    • Funnel nose (14/09/2021, 16:02) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      How the a$$ you putting up speed bumps and the roads full of potholes and need fixing? Oh, and when last he drive up Belle Vue área???
  • Slackness (14/09/2021, 10:31) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    The presence of speed bumps represents an absence of police presence motorist drive like they want to because there is no police presence
  • photo (14/09/2021, 10:35) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    Honorable,
    Please give Vino a better photo of you. You are much more handsome than pictured in that photo.
    • focus (14/09/2021, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ photo,
      Leave the gentle man alone. Stop it. He is fearful and wonderful made by God.
    • @photo (14/09/2021, 17:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Come on now, give the man a break. He is one of the nicer ones.
  • resident (14/09/2021, 10:46) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon Rymer, please ensure that standard-sized speed bumps, that slope gently are erected on the Territory's roads. Some speed bumps, in particular in Valley, Virgin Gorda impede the natural flow of rain water along the roads, which result in large pools of water blocking the roads. Those speed bumps are too high and defeat the purpose. It is not enough to have speed bumps built, these must be built right, considering drivers and pedestrians.
  • Ghost (14/09/2021, 11:24) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Speed bumps too high it damaging the underneath of car need to be addressed
  • RedStorm (14/09/2021, 12:16) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is not a good thing to put speed bumps all over willy nilly, in Long Bay to Carrot Bay, if I recall its about nine speed bumps, in that same area nine people feel that they people driving is dangerous , so they call the rep to have speed bumps. I cannot believe this, in the old days, police were mandate to be at school crossing, now it have school guards. Each school and church area should have patrol and foot police , now they drive around in vehicle and passing those who have no helmet on their head while riding scooters.

    Stop putting those speed bumps and find another way. Ticket them all who speed.
  • good (14/09/2021, 12:54) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Put them down when the public decides to regard people lives and property then you can take them up. I agree some are not properly constructed but keep putting them down they will save lives once you have proper signage clearly marked and are visible.

    Another way you can make people aware that you have put down speed bumps is by using small side lights on each end especially when they are not painted.

  • Crs (14/09/2021, 13:45) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Keep in mind when constructing, it’s a speed bump not a stop bump. Many or so steep you have to practically stop instead of slowing down and that really backs the traffic up.
  • Thats not IT (14/09/2021, 15:44) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    SOME PEOPLE HAVE LOWERERD THEIR CARS , SO THATS THEIR PROBLEM
  • me me me (14/09/2021, 15:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can never please people..so what works best for you rundown someone .the world has to hear your music. Bikes too
    Loud can't even sleep when you want to. Why should you disturb me when you coming or going. Put down the speed bump. Please thanks
  • Request (14/09/2021, 17:08) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    They are needed beef island. Every day those guys are up there racing. And I don wan hear about it’s the airport road. Almost every airport in the world ga speed bumps.
  • Hmm (14/09/2021, 18:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the two at parham town next to the gas station those two were requested too and the request was to put them about 50 feet away from each other?
  • island man (14/09/2021, 19:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ... no u all putting it down nilly willy
  • Informed (14/09/2021, 21:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its interesting there is enough asphalt to make speed humps but none to fix the potholes. Some are having birthdays.
    Can garden road from Rudys had is a joke. Pleased the changed the drains there a few years back as cars were hitting them and landing on their roof. There are no signed to warn you about the humps. Just find them one day 11pm in the rain and there you go new hump, concussed from the ramp which was poorly designed.
    Ok people ask for them, but were asking for them to be removed. There are speed bumps outside a church in West end which is no longer there. They are not needed so remove them. Can you also fit the man hole covers also. The main drag from the Pub to the hosital has major 3 inch holes as no one finished the work off. Just insane the lask of respect for the motorists.
  • WHY? (15/09/2021, 06:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The roads on Tortola are so bad with potholes, depressions, dips, broken pavement, etc. so why bother with speed bumps. Or maybe this is just another secret VIP plan to slow down the motoring public!
  • man about town (15/09/2021, 10:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Minister are you serious? because someone in the community or an area representative request a speed bump in the interest of safety you go and put one down? well if you ask me that is putting them down willy-nilly. There should be a process. Nothing is wrong with a concern resident requesting the installation of a speed but a proper survey or assessment should be conducted involving the Police traffic dept and PWD. Another thing is the design of these bumps need to be redesigned immediately. Smaller sharper speed bumps with the proper design and signage are urgently needed.
  • VG1110 (16/09/2021, 07:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    a set of drivers full speed in residential neighborhoods so you do need speed bumps

    there is no visible presence of traffic police in this small community so drivers continues violating traffic regulations

    reflective paint should be used on the public roads stop using such cheap paint: the center lines and other highways markings use reflective paint

    paint speed bumps with good quality reflective paint which will make the speed bumps more visible

    try installing lights on public road we in 2021 and with all the tourist money being collected the people up & down on dark roadways



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