22 Jan 2013
VEHICLES AUTHORISED TO USE THE PRIORITY BUS ROUTE 2013
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure has viewed with concern the number of unauthorised vehicles that use the Priority Bus route (PBR) and wishes to advise the public that:
A) ALL Priority Bus Route - Permanent, Temporary, Special and Letter Permits which were issued in 2012 will no longer be valid for use on the Route with effect from January 16, 2013.
B) In accordance with the Highways Act, Classification of Highways Order Part 1B, Special Roads Trinidad, Priority Bus Route Section 2:
The Priority Bus Route is to be used exclusively by -
(a) public service vehicles of the Public Transport Service Corporation;Private vehicles displaying one of the following PBR Permits:
(b) Police Service vehicles marked as such;
(c) Fire Service vehicles and ambulances;
(d) vehicles authorised by the Licensing Authority under Regulation 38, rule 12(4) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations to use sirens and flashing roof-lights to pre-empt the right of way of other vehicles based on the existence of an emergency situation;
(e) vehicles used for the repair or maintenance of the Priority Bus Route or any service supplied by a public utility along that Route;
Commercial vehicles displaying the following PBR Permit:
- PERMANENT - RED
- TEMPORARY - ROYAL BLUE
- SPECIAL - GREEN and PURPLE
- LETTER (short) - YELLOW (for a period up to 2 Weeks)
(long) - ORANGE (2 weeks to 6 months)
NO OTHER COLOUR PERMITS or EMBLEMS otherwise displayed on a vehicle authorises that vehicle to use the Priority Bus Route.
N.B. The ONLY EXCEPTION to this are private motorists making use of the PBR under the Private Motor Vehicles Priority Bus Route (PBR) Scheme valid until June 30, 2013.
Please be reminded also that the maximum speed limit on the Priority Bus Route is 65km/h and failure to comply could result in the permit being suspended or revoked.
Please be guided accordingly.