Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago now have an extension o become familiar with the consequences of the new incoming Road Traffic Demerit Points System. The announcement was made by Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanann on Monday morning.
When the system comes into effect, drivers found violating the rules of the road will do so at the risk of having their driver’s permits suspended for up to two years. The system seeks to encourage safer and more responsible driving by motorists and will help the authorities monitor the behaviour of said motorists.
HOW IT WORKS:
- All drivers begin with zero (0) points on their record.
- Each traffic violation adds points to a motorist’s record.
- More than 10 points but less than 14 within a three year period can lead to a 6 month suspension.
- More than 14 points but less than 20 within 3 years can lead to a one year suspension.
- More than 20 demerit points can lead to two years driving suspension.
- The number of points that can be issued against a driver at any one time may vary from two to 14 depending on the seriousness of the offence or the number of offences.
The system will be supported by the UTurn software management system which will allow the strikes against drivers to be recorded in a secure, digital platform that can be accessed on the field by the authorities.