Inside the new Road Traffic Act and Regulations

The Road Traffic Act which took effect on Tuesday has sharply increased the penalties for several offences. Here are some more of the penalties and the fines:

17) A motorist who is guilty of careless driving causing a collision will face a fine of $25,000.

18) Careless driving where no collision occurs carries a fine of $11,000.

19) A drivers who, without the consent of a constable or other duly authorised person, drives a vehicle (which is not an emergency vehicle) over any hose of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, when such hose is laid on a road for use at a fire, will face a fine of $10,000.

20) Smoking ganja while driving or attempting to drive or while being in charge of a vehicle on a road carries a fine of $10,000.

21) Stopping or parking a non-emergency vehicle at a point within three metres of either side of a fire hydrant without consent of a police constable, or the superintendent, or an officer of the Jamaica Fire Brigade carries a fine of $5,000.

22) Failing to observe 'Stop for Crossing' when required by a school crossing warden will attract a fine of $12,000.

23) Using a motor vehicle to damage a road sign will attract a fine of $50,000.

24) Failure of a driver or operator of vehicle to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle will attract a fine 0f $25,000.

25) A motorist who fails to give a turning signal (failing to indicate) will attract a fine of $2,500.

26) The fraudulent use of a registration plate or decal carries a fine of $10,000.

27) Failing to produce a driver's licence/permit at the request of a police constable will attract a fine of $2,000.

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