As a result of photos published in last Saturday’s edition of this newspaper, four minibus
drivers were yesterday arrested and charged for dangerous driving.
According to a source close to the investigations, the men were captured at roadblocks along the East Bank Demerara Highway yesterday afternoon.
The minibuses initially caught the attention of the police, after they were photographed being driven in the pedestrian section of the aforementioned roadway to undertake the traffic during the rush hour, last week.
The vehicles – BTT 8079, BRR 4053, BKK 6363 and BVV 4997 – have since been impounded at the Ruimveldt and Providence Police Stations.
According to information obtained by Kaieteur News, the drivers are expected to appear before the court to answer the charges by Thursday (August 18).
According to The Laws of Guyana, Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic 37 Cap. 51:02 on summary conviction, the offence of dangerous or reckless driving carries a fine of not less than $25,000 nor more than $50,000 or imprisonment for twelve months, and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a fine of not less than $35,000 nor more than $70,000 and imprisonment for twelve months.
The law stipulates further that every person who drives a motor vehicle on a road recklessly, or at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of the road, and the amount of traffic which is actually at the time, or which might reasonably be expected to be, on the road, shall also be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $50,000 dollars nor more than $100,000 and to imprisonment for two years.
In addition, the Act outlined that the court shall order particulars of any such conviction
to be endorsed on any licence held by the person convicted. On a second or subsequent conviction under this section, the convicting court shall exercise the power conferred by this Act of ordering that the offender shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence unless the court, having regard to the lapse of time since the date of the previous or last previous conviction or for any other special reason thinks fit to order otherwise, but this provision shall not be construed as affecting the right of the court to exercise the power aforesaid on a first conviction.
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