More stringent road traffic laws coming — GG

More stringent road traffic laws coming — GG

Alicia Dunkley-Willis

Monday, April 08, 2013

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GOVERNOR General Sir Patrick Allen said one of several legislation coming before the Parliament this legislative year is the amendments to the Road Traffic and Transport Authority Act to ensure that gaps in the road traffic legislation affecting enforcement of road traffic laws are addressed.

This, as the governor general pointed out that the "high incidence of motor vehicle accidents, many of which were fatal, is the Government's third challenge".

"Whilst the annual number of deaths has gone down over the last few years, there are still too many lives lost," the governor general told the ceremonial opening of the Houses of Parliament last Thursday, as he delivered the 2013/14 Throne Speech.

These accidents, he said, impose a huge cost on the country as it relates to lost lives, lost productivity, damage to property, increased motor vehicle insurance premiums, and non-fatal but very serious injuries which, among other things, put severe pressure on the Accident and Emergency departments of our hospitals.

Seven persons died between March 30 and Easter Monday, April 1, in motor vehicle crashes. On Easter Monday, four members of one family perished in a crash, which occurred in the vicinity of the Falmouth Bypass in Trelawny.

According to the National Road Safety Council during 2012, the island experienced a significant reduction in road fatalities - for the first time in 13 years, and the first time since the launch of the SAVE 300 LIVES Campaign four years ago fewer than 300 persons died on the roads. That achievement has led to the start of a new campaign dubbed "Below 240".

In the meantime, other items on the legislative agenda include an omnibus tax incentive bill to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives, and a public sector procurement bill to provide the framework for a public sector procurement system and legally separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.

Also to be introduced is a Secured Transactions Bill to provide for a modern legislative framework for secured transactions with the objective of increasing access to finance, especially for small and medium-sized businesses and a Charities Bill to facilitate the proper supervision of entities carrying out charitable activities.

In addition, legislation to provide for Collective Investment Schemes and a Bill to establish a Statutory Framework for the Court Management Service as well as a Bill to establish a Single Anti-Corruption Agency, should be laid.

The governor general said legislation to enable the Court to grant specified discounts on years of imprisonment in the case of guilty pleas for certain offences which now attract mandatory minimum sentences, is also to be tabled.

In the meantime, the Evidence (Amendment) Bill, to simplify certain procedural requirements to the admissibility of computer- generated evidence and to facilitate the admission of uncontested expert reports and other agreed documents without having to call the expert or maker of the document to give evidence at the trial, is also to be brought.

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is to be strengthened in keeping with a review undertaken by the Cabinet Office to enable it to handle the increased workload the governor general said.

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