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Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby Rutless Tiida » May 5th, 2010, 4:30 pm

I will be trying to put up all the road laws of Trinidad and Tobago here.
Please remember that laws change over time and I am not a lawyer. So if something is wrong please let me know and I will correct it.

MOTOR VEHICLES AND ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
(This document spells out most of the laws of the road).
http://www.ird.gov.tt/uploadedfiles/Mot ... 049-50.pdf

http://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.tt/Laws2/Al ... /48.50.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2014
(This basically makes it legal for the police to use speed guns)
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2014-12.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2013
(This is mainly for diplomatic vehicles)
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2013-05.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2010.
(This document spells out the fines you will have to pay).
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2010-05.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2007
(This document legalized the use of Breath Analyzing Instruments).
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2007-19.pdf

Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Amendment) (No.2) Act, 2000
(This basically spells out dangerous driving)
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2000-22.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2000.
(This document legalized the use of the points system on your license. Yes it is not enforced but it is law).
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2000-21.pdf

Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Enforcement and Administration) (Amendment) Act, 2000
(This document spells out the fines you will have to pay).
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/a2000-20.pdf
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Postby Rutless Tiida » May 5th, 2010, 4:34 pm

Traffic Control Regulations
(This document says which streets are one way and so on).
http://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.tt/Laws2/Ch ... ations.pdf

EASTERN MAIN ROAD TRAFFIC ORDER
(This document legalizes the 3 lanes between St. Augustine and the Aranguez Road).
http://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.tt/Laws2/Ch ... _Order.pdf

The Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Mobile Devices) Regulations, 2010
(This basically tells you that cell phones are illegal to use while driving)
http://www.ttparliament.org/documents/2138.pdf

The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Enforcement and Administration) Order, 2010
(This basically tells you the fines for using a mobile device while driving)
http://www.ttparliament.org/documents/2139.pdf

Queen's Park Act
(This document basically says no driving or parking in the Savannah).
http://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.tt/Laws2/Al ... /41.04.pdf
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Postby Rutless Tiida » May 5th, 2010, 4:52 pm

DRAFT! Law House of Representatives Bill 24 of 2014
This law will be replacing most of the previous laws if past.....
http://www.ttparliament.org/legislations/b2014h24.pdf

Some interesting clauses
49. (1) Subject to any further conditions imposed by the Authority, a newly licensed driver shall only be permitted to drive or operate a motor vehicle on a road or highway in accordance with following conditions:
(c) the newly licensed driver shall not drive or operate the vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a driving supervisor who must occupy the front passenger seating position of the vehicle and be the holder of a valid class 5 driver’s licence for at least five years;

114. The driver and every passenger referred to in section 112(1), shall wear a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion.

205. (2) The Authority may cause or permit electronic devices to be installed on or near any traffic signal as part of a red-light camera system.

229.(3) A person shall not drive or operate a motor vehicle while having in the cabin area of the vehicle an opened bottle, container or vessel with any alcoholic beverage.

FOURTH SCHEDULE
Class 5 The driver is authorised to operate a private motor vehicle or a combination of a private motor vehicle and trailer registered for a maximum gross weight not exceeding 5,000 kilograms
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Postby speedaholic » May 5th, 2010, 5:21 pm

gud info here man keep it up! :)

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Postby lighthammer » May 5th, 2010, 5:38 pm

Gr8 post dood, very informative. Now only if I could understand legalese :(

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Postby biggy82 » May 5th, 2010, 5:46 pm

lighthammer wrote:Gr8 post dood, very informative. Now only if I could understand legalese :(

dont worry....less is more :lol:

sorry......carry on Rutless 8-)

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Postby lighthammer » May 5th, 2010, 5:53 pm

Hmmmm... There's nothing here that says anything against installing booster rockets, ejector seats and mini-rocket launchers on your vehicle.

Also, "WTB - Booster rockets, ejector seats and mini-rocket launchers. Anyone know anyone who selling or bringing these down?"


:):):):) :D:D:D

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Postby *Phoenix* » May 5th, 2010, 6:33 pm

lighthammer wrote:Hmmmm... There's nothing here that says anything against installing booster rockets, ejector seats and mini-rocket launchers on your vehicle.

Also, "WTB - Booster rockets, ejector seats and mini-rocket launchers. Anyone know anyone who selling or bringing these down?"


:):):):) :D:D:D


Well this thread just got intercepted by SAUTT & FBI...

:lol:

Hope you know they will find your ass! :twisted:

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Postby lighthammer » May 5th, 2010, 7:14 pm

Ack! I'm doomed!

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Postby Rutless Tiida » May 7th, 2010, 4:09 pm

quotes from MOTOR VEHICLES AND ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

Weight shown in certain cases. (28 )(h)

every goods vehicle, motor omnibus or trailer shall have its tare and M.G.W. painted in white figures and letters not less than sixty-five millimetres in height upon a black ground on a conspicuous place on the right or off side of such vehicle to be specified by the Transport Officer. Such weights shall be expressed in kilogrammes.

Unauthorised lights. (28 )(k)

there shall not be affixed to the front of a motor vehicle any lighted lamp other than the headlights and side lights except with the approval in writing of the Licensing Authority, nor to the rear of a motor vehicle or trailer any lighted lamp other than the red light prescribed by these Regulations except as permitted by paragraph (m)(iii) of this regulation.

(28 )(m)
(i) every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a minimum of two lamps at the front of the vehicle, one on each side to the satisfaction of the Licensing Authority. When a motor vehicle is in motion on a road at night, the lamps at the front of the vehicle shall be lighted, and the rays from the lamps shall be of a type approved by the Licensing Authority and, if the vehicle is capable of proceeding at a speed greater than thirty kilometres per hour, of such intensity as to illuminate the road ahead for a distance of at least ninety-five metres or such greater distance as is sufficient to ensure the safety of the vehicle and the persons carried on the vehicle, and to indicate clearly the presence of the vehicle to approaching traffic. However, a motorcycle shall show one such lamp as aforesaid, but if a sidecar is attached to the motorcycle, there shall be shown on that side of the side-car not
adjacent to the motorcycle, an additional light of sufficient intensity to indicate the
presence of the side-car from a reasonable distance to approaching traffic;

(ii) save as is contained in regulation 92, when stationary on a road at night every motor vehicle and every trailer not attached to a motor vehicle shall show two lights in front, one at each side, of sufficient intensity to
indicate the presence of the motor vehicle or trailer from a reasonable distance to
approaching traffic; but a motorcycle not attached to a side-car shall show one such light as aforesaid;

(iii) save as provided elsewhere in these Regulations, every motor vehicle or trailer
when on a road at night, whether in motion or stationary shall carry at least two lamps each showing a red light to the rear, of such intensity as to indicate clearly within a reasonable distance its presence on the road to traffic approaching from behind. There shall also be fitted lamps of such construction showing an uncoloured light of such intensity as to clearly illuminate the figures and numbers on the rear
identification plate. Except as aforesaid, no other lamp shall be carried to the rear of the vehicle without the special written permission of the Licensing Authority.
Where a trailer is attached to a tractor it will be sufficient if one such lamp as aforesaid is carried at the rear of the trailer only;

(iv) no spot lights or other similar swivelling lamps shall be carried on any motor vehicle without the authority of the Licensing Authority, who may authorise such lights at his discretion and subject to such conditions as he may impose;

(v) in addition to the foregoing provisions as to lamps to be carried, motor omnibuses shall also carry a lighted lamp on the inside top of the hood showing a white light visible within a reasonable distance in all directions;

(vi) in the case of motor omnibuses and goods vehicles, when either of the lamps referred to in subparagraph (i) hereof is placed in such a position that the distance of the centre of the lamp from the extreme outside point of the vehicle on its appropriate side exceeds three hundred millimetres, two additional lamps shall be fitted at the front of the said vehicle one on each side so that its centre shall not
exceed the aforesaid distance of three hundred millimetres, and so as clearly to indicate the width of the vehicle to approaching traffic; the said lamps shall be focussed below the horizontal and shall exhibit a light of sufficient power only to indicate the width of the vehicle.

Right so that should cover all questions with lights on you vehicle.

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Postby lighthammer » May 7th, 2010, 6:38 pm

Thanks for shedding some "light" on de situation :) :)

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Postby memphis78644 » May 7th, 2010, 8:16 pm

so i have strobe fitted into my headlight am not seeing anyting ab dat

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Postby wagon r » May 7th, 2010, 10:01 pm

^...really...well when approachin a road block....don't take it off and tell them you didn't see anything about it in the law books....


....so it must be legal.

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Postby civic minded » May 11th, 2010, 6:42 am

how hard is it to get a letter from licensing office? anyone did it yet?

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Postby originalbling » May 13th, 2010, 11:36 am

civic minded wrote:how hard is it to get a letter from licensing office? anyone did it yet?


Letter for? foglights?

This was posted already:
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=240481

I highly doubt that permission will be granted for things like strobes etc unless its a commercial vehicle or otherwise that need to use the revolving lights etc

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Re: Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby ek4ever » May 13th, 2010, 12:19 pm

ok....from 28 )(m)
(i) every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a minimum of two lamps at the front of the vehicle, one on each side to the satisfaction of the Licensing Authority. When a motor vehicle is in motion on a road at night, the lamps at the front of the vehicle shall be lighted, and the rays from the lamps shall be of a type approved by the Licensing Authority

What are the approved rays? Cause as far as these sections on lighting are concerned, white LEDs for parklights are not illegal

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Postby civic minded » May 13th, 2010, 2:12 pm

ah padna of mines got one for the light bar he installed ontop his ranger - he told me it took him close to 6 months with some bribe to get it.

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Re: Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby altec » May 13th, 2010, 2:31 pm

anything on indicator lights?

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Re: Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby Rutless Tiida » May 13th, 2010, 3:07 pm

originalbling wrote:
civic minded wrote:how hard is it to get a letter from licensing office? anyone did it yet?


Letter for? foglights?

This was posted already:
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=240481

I highly doubt that permission will be granted for things like strobes etc unless its a commercial vehicle or otherwise that need to use the revolving lights etc


But is it also written in your certified copy. There by making the letter useless unless you bride somebody to change your certified copy for you.

Which I do not want to do.

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Re: Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby Rutless Tiida » February 7th, 2011, 1:07 pm

Some updates....
Proposed Draft Regulations for "PH" Driver Operators for Public Comment
http://www.mowt.gov.tt/general/subcateg ... egoryID=26

Bus Route Scheme Extended by Six (6) Months(till June 30th 2011)
http://www.mowt.gov.tt/general/subcateg ... goryID=127

Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection
http://www.gov.tt/gortt/portal/ttconnec ... Inspection

THE TRAFFIC CONTROL (EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME) (ENDEAVOUR) REGULATIONS, 2010
http://www.mowt.gov.tt/general/subcateg ... goryID=120

THE TRAFFIC CONTROL (EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME) (FELICITY) REGULATIONS, 2010
http://www.mowt.gov.tt/general/subcateg ... goryID=121

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Re: Know the law. Road laws of Trinidad and Tobago

Postby sliderz1 » February 16th, 2011, 3:16 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^WELL DONE.........@@@ Rutless Tiida

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Postby bad bird » February 17th, 2011, 12:38 pm

nice intel, keep up the good work!

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Postby redmanjp » February 17th, 2011, 11:49 pm

so handheld cellphone ban in effect from 12 midnight of THE MORNING of Fri 18th (as in a few mins from now) or midnight on Saturday morning

still have tuh get mih bluetoot earpiece

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Postby speedaholic » February 18th, 2011, 7:47 am

my fone eh ha no blue teet! :|

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Postby ZeroOne » February 18th, 2011, 8:14 am

Links in first post dead.

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Postby White CZ4A » February 18th, 2011, 8:18 am

ok so question.


this is a cellphone ban.
I have trucks that use Motorola two way radios. Is talking on these while driving illegal? Keeping with the fact that this is a "cellphone" ban.

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Postby Kronik » February 18th, 2011, 8:43 am

^^handheld mobile wireless device i believe it is

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Postby TriniStore.biz » February 18th, 2011, 9:01 am

Don't forget to get your bluetooth headsets and handsfree car kits to avoid being fined!

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Postby Centric » February 18th, 2011, 9:35 am

Imagine that. This law does not apply to Police, Medics or Firemen......i understand the reason but they should still use the BT headsets. that is like endangering the lives of those who are there to protect other lives

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Postby southagain » February 20th, 2011, 9:51 am

Is there any update on the use of the new/additional hi-way lanes?

Now that we have 3 lanes on it seems that all the previous rules were thrown out!

Trucks in the fast(third) lane driving slow, vehicles overtaking in the slow lane, anything goes! Try dat crap in any other country and level charges.

Please educate us!

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