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Magistrate Bertie Pompey. (File photo)
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A magistrate says that some omnibuses are operating on the nation’s roads without going through the required inspection process.

Georgetown magistrate Bertie Pompey made the observation as he presided over a matter in which Bramel Moore, of South Rivers, pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to wear his seatbelt.

The court heard that on Sept. 20, 2022 at 8:20 a.m., PC 977 Fergus was on duty along Georgetown Public Road when he stopped H1209, a white Toyota van driven by Moore.

Fergus identified himself to the defendant and requested his driver’s license, which Moore produced. 

The constable observed that Moore was not wearing his seatbelt and pointed out the offence to him.

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Moore then said to the policeman, “Officer, the seatbelt clip not working.”

The police officer then informed Moore that he was reporting against him.

In mitigation, Moore told the court, “The seatbelt not clipping, so me done say me have to organise and try and get one.”

The magistrate responded:

“Well don’t use the van. Put down the van. If it is not roadworthy it can’t use…” 

He fined Moore EC$300 to be paid forthwith or two months imprisonment.

The magistrate said that one seatbelt can make the entire vehicle defective.

“I know there was a time when we used to serve them a defective notice, even though it passed inspection at the garage and you notice something defective about it, you serve that person a notice and he cannot use the vehicle until … I don’t know what became of that!” said Pompey, a retired deputy commissioner of police.

The magistrate added, “Sometimes the van dem [sic] never see inspection.”

3 replies on “Vans operating without going through inspection – magistrate ”

  1. Take warning says:

    Yes, ar yo na bin send ugee mental home? It is written , Vengeance is Mine says the Lord, I will repay.. Be still and know that I am God . Fret not thyself of evil men for they will soon wither away. For many that go down in hell will be numberless as he sand on the seashore. The fire quencheth not and the worms dieth not.

  2. Dextstar Rose says:

    We just might find that IF the inspections were properly done a great number of vehicles might be in violation of traffic laws- which I do believe still exist.
    It’s a free fuh all on the roads of SVG and often it’s only when the worst occurs that a seven day talk arises then we go back to our merry lawlessness.
    Am I wrong here?

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