…given two weeks to remove markings
Owners and operators of public transportation are being given up to February 15 to remove from their vehicles all markings that are not approved by the prescribed authority.
The move was taken following an amendment to Clause 14 of the Road Service Licence for minibuses and other means of public transportation.
A statement from police headquarters, Eve Leary said that the force wishes to advise the general public that, in furtherance of its new traffic management plan, and in an effort to deal with the placing of drawings and slogans on minibuses, which are in some instances of a lewd nature, and which are of concern, an amendment has been made to ensure that “No writing, marking, drawing or other material shall be placed on a motor vehicle, except those approved by the prescribed authority.”
The amended clause now states that materials approved by the prescribed authority will include the prescribed colour code and number, registration number, zone, seating capacity and destination.”
According to Traffic Chief Neil Semple, operators of minibuses and other forms of public transportation will not be issued with their road service licence if they do not comply with the new measures. He also warned owners of private vehicles that they should not put unspecified markings on their vehicles, since these are not in keeping with what is on their registrations.
The new fad around town is the specially designed markings on vehicles, some of which include large printed photographs that obscure the colour of the vehicle.
“Once it is not on the registration, they could be charged,” the Traffic Chief said.
He advised that should a person change the colour of their vehicle, that person has a duty to go to the Licence Revenue Office and effect change to their registration.
“This move is intended to ease some of the lawlessness that obtains at the moment,” Semple told this newspaper.
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