Amendment To Road Traffic Act Coming Which Requires Five Year Old Vehicles To Be Inspected

2005 Toyota Corolla

Earlier this month Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart in a speech to launch the Barbados Road Safety Council remarked that changes to the Road Traffic Amendment Act will be debated soon in the House of Assembly. In his delivery, he mentioned “issues such as breathalyser testing, procedures relating to writing off vehicles and frequent inspection of vehicles.” Although on the surface the proposed changes seem harmless, media announcements promoting the amendments to the Act in recent days suggest that vehicles will have to undergo a 5 year inspection. In the absence of a rationale for the 5 year time period to be embedded in the Road Traffic Act, one is left to wonder what manner of madness is this.

The obvious conclusion to draw is that government is once again responding to a lobby by new car dealers. It is no secret the number of new car sales has declined in the last 3 years or so. A system which requires inspection after 5 years creates an opportunity to force those who own vehicles 5+ years to make the leap to a new car sooner rather than later.

The current discussion is a reminder of the rise and fall of the used car sector commonly referred to as ‘recondition cars’. Many Barbadians were able to afford a decent car at a reasonable price until the new car dealership lobby and questionable invoicing practices by a few in the used car industry saw its demise.

Many Barbadians are left to wonder why government has taken the decision to make law the need to have a vehicle undergo a 5 year inspection.

158 thoughts on “Amendment To Road Traffic Act Coming Which Requires Five Year Old Vehicles To Be Inspected


  1. There are solar companies in Canada that are leasing the roof tops of manufacturing plants to use for solar panels.

    The electricity they produce is sold to the Power company.

    There is a building in Toronto where they installed the panels last year.


  2. … instead we have spent hundreds of millions making space to accommodate more and more cars apparently with little thought for tomorrow.

    Maybe the time is approaching when once again we will have no choice but to limit the foreign exchange made available to import cars and force the number of cars on the road down to whatever the carrying capacity of our economy and the roads actually is.

    I don’t think limiting the foreign exchange allocated to spare part importation would be sensible.

    We should try and make what cars we have on the roads work for as long as possible and let natural attrition take its course.

    …. and spend the money we consider transport should consume in ways to keep the stock (vehicles and roads) in as good shape as possible (eg fixing potholes, regular vehicle inspection!!) …

    …… and looking for ways to get public transport to work properly to accommodate a planned natural attrition in vehicle numbers …

    … and giving incentives to persons/garages to keep vehicles on the road as long as possible in a safe and functional condition!!


  3. WAIT !!!!

    How much longer is it going to take you BU analysts to recognize that NOTHING in this ‘enlightened’ world of ours makes any sense?

    Hants just pointed out the ridiculousness of the automobile situation in little flat Barbados.
    We know of the stupidity of not focusing on Solar Technology when we live in a year-round sun belt.
    We know that our system throws all the possible crooks, cheats and scam artists into the political arena – especially lawyers, the worst of the worst, to rob and mislead us…
    We all KNEW that an airline that charged $19.98 for a flight was not sustainable – and that Bizzy was smart enough to know too…what red jet what?

    Bushie could go on all night….
    …but surely this tells us something about the things that we are making a priority in our lives…
    …surely it Is a subtitle hint that we are living false lives and MISSING the REALLY important things…

    Stupssss …. Bushie going sleep!!!


  4. Cars in Barbados are status symbols. No government will stop the importation to these “penis enlargements” and “breast augmentations.”

    The correct thing to do would be to aggressively repair and maintain the roads and restrict the importation of vehicles to 50 % of the current level.

    No gasoline engine cars should be bigger than a Toyota corolla and larger cars should only be imported with electric or hybrid engines.


  5. In a way the tax levied by GOB on an imported car makes alot of sense.

    It both provides the GOB with income and acts as a disincentive to an individual to buy the car by making the price prohibitively expensive.

    It also inflates the loan a bank would write up for a purchaser and thereby counts towards an inflated GDP.

    So, how to sell purposely reducing the importation of cars to sectors of the economy with alot to lose?

    Perhaps a solution is in GOB promoting the maintenance of cars and roads as a means to benefit all, GOB included, and look to makeup the loss in GDP and GOB income thru taxes by the increasing economic activity and employment brought about by a program of Preventative Maintenance (PM, (not to be confused with Prime Minister)) of roads and cars.

    Make the proposed mandatory inspection the responsibility of Garages, car owners and insurance companies. Eg, every time a person sends his/her car to a garage for maintenance, get the inspection done the same time.

    Keep a record (on computer) of the fact that the inspection has been done and the findings and let the Insurance Company access the records as a basis for writing insurance.

    Each car thus has a history … similar to CarFax in the USA.

    http://www.carfax.com/

    It also boosts resale value, a benefit to the car owner if the facts are also available on the internet to the public..

    Any car without the Facts can be assumed to have been poorly maintained while any car with the facts to support diligent maintenance and problem free history will be an easily saleable asset to its owner if required.


  6. “We should try and make what cars we have on the roads work for as long as possible and let natural attrition take its course.”

    John I totally agree with you! No one is putting Country first. How much longer can we keep importing new cars. The government is putting these BIG car importers first. There comes a time when the fish becomes scarce, the soil becomes depleted and the food becomes scarce. And we will be looking to blame someone or something for our problems.


  7. @Miller

    Solar Energy even though a viable and effective option have its drawbacks and limitations for one cost and installation are a big factor .yes sunlight is free but the cost of turning sunlight into power can be a costly investment for the consumer also the requirement of sunlight depending on location might be four to six hours a day wise the consumer savings would be greater through waste to energy as it would cost households virtually nothing for government to produce cheaper energy . Cost and maintenance is high with solar energy and that does not include weather related problems which would occur i am all in favour of options that would save households money not ones that would be a burden and when started the consumer might eventually have to abandon because the cost to maintain is too high.


  8. WHAT kind of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart really is though ??
    CAN you really believe this man is a Prime Minister ?
    CAN you get him to read Patrick Hoyos’ column in today’s Sunday’s Sun?


  9. ac | March 18, 2012 at 7:05 AM |
    @Miller “Solar Energy even though a viable and effective option have its drawbacks and limitations for one cost and installation are a big factor .yes sunlight is free but the cost of turning sunlight into power can be a costly investment for the consumer also the requirement of sunlight depending on location might be four to six hours a day wise the consumer savings would be greater through waste to energy as it would cost households virtually nothing for government to produce cheaper energy . Cost and maintenance is high with solar energy and that does not include weather related problems which would occur i am all in favour of options that would save households money not ones that would be a burden and when started the consumer might eventually have to abandon because the cost to maintain is too high.”
    Ac, I am not saying that a WTE solution does not have relevance and viability in certain circumstances and environments. Where there is a reliable and consistent flow of dry waste from a very large consumer population such a project in excess of $1/2 billion might be a viable option. But do we in Bim have the necessary conditions for such a project to become a viable option compared with the solar alternative? Bim is a little coral island with a very fragile eco-system and which is very dependent on tourism and international business for its economic survival. Can you inform us how much DRY waste is produced (in tonnage) annually in Bim and what is the average amount of dry waste a small-scale WTE plant would require to operate efficiently?

    But since it seems, despite commonsense and powerful green arguments, you would not be moved from your position regarding the solar energy alternative vis-a-vis your $400 million plus WTE pipe dream it becomes painfully necessary to shoot a political arrow at you.
    Now here is an extract of your party’s strong position regarding the solar energy alternative.

    Extract from the DLP 2008 manifesto:
    (20) A CREATIVE ENERGY POLICY
    “We are all understandably addicted to our current
    lifestyles and are reluctant to change. However,
    today’s consumption patterns are simply not sustainable
    and Barbados must begin to take decisive
    action in the area of energy consumption.
    The next DLP government is prepared to be bold
    and move aggressively in the area of energy conservation,
    reducing the oil import bill and preserving
    our delicate environment for the future.
    A DLP government will:
    Provide significant incentives to
    encourage ownership of fuel-efficient
    vehicles, particularly motor cars.
    Provide incentives for greater use of solar
    energy in providing the electricity needs
    of consumers and businesses. The goal is
    to implement a package of incentives to
    cover up to 50% of the cost of installing
    solar electric systems. Barbados is already
    a leader on solar hot water systems and
    we are well placed to become a leader in
    solar electricity as well.
    Create a SMART ENERGY FUND of $10
    million to provide low interest loans to
    households seeking to purchase solar
    panels to power their homes.
    Introduce a tax rebate for the cost of installing
    a solar electric system
    Ensure all new government or government
    related facilities will be fully fitted with
    solar electric systems.
    Phase out the use of incandescent light
    bulbs from all government buildings by
    2010 and private households by 2012.”

    Now, ac, do you see any mention of a WTE multi-million dollar option in those proposals? Those are what the Bajan electorate voted for.

    Now unless you are telling us the DLP government does not know what is best for the country and hence you are prepared to ‘rubbish’ its well thought-out manifesto proposals, please let us know if the false doctor has persuaded you that there are so many consultancies in WTE, and therefore there must be money in ‘them thar burning refuse dumps’ for the pocketing.
    We were under the distinct impression that the DLP manifesto was equivalent to your political bible. Are you now backsliding, ac?


  10. @miller

    You know i always see you talking about things biblical and referring the positions held then do not hold so true in present. The world we live in today because of technology has given us the opportunity to rethink or retool or mindset yes the DLP might have for all intended purposes make such proposal but as technology propels us at a faster rate we would only be foolish not to move along or else we would be left far behind looking seeking the same old answer for outdated and medieval question. Yes we are in a technological age and things which were of yesterday are not so important today.


  11. ac wrote “Solar Energy even though a viable and effective option have its drawbacks and limitations for one cost and installation are a big factor.”

    Only in Barbados where everything is ridiculously expensive.

    There are solar companies in Canada producing electricity even though we sometimes have days of heavy cloud cover and sub zero temperatures.

    Solar energy is a viable supplier of electricity in Barbados.


    • @Hants

      You are absolutely correct. All of the late Professor Oliver Headley’s work has gone to waste.

      We lack the well to depart from what is status quo.

      Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe announced during the Estimates last week that Barbados will pursue an alternative energy strategy which is comprised of WTE, Solar and wind. Time will tell.


  12. @ ac | March 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM
    “we would only be foolish not to move along or else we would be left far behind looking seeking the same old answer for outdated and medieval question.”

    WTE had its day in the sun before the solar godchild.
    But when a person is down and out you should never rub salt in her wounds. But for a parting shot across the bow before you are taken to the incinerator for final disposal. Could you please get off the 14 year OSA misrule hobby horse before it does a gallop, suddenly rears up and sends you through the air to land in the dung heap of medieval witch hunting. Let go of your OSA demons before it’s too late to meet your king in the St. John mausoleum.
    One hopes you get the subtle message contained in the above. Let go of the political past and focus on today’s political drama.


  13. David Professor Headley’s research will stay at UWI because of the attitude we have when it comes to our people.

    We also have people who installed Solar electricity systems at their homes.
    Dr. Simmons was on Brasstacks years ago explaining the system he installed at his Home/office in the Pine.

    We also had solar air conditioning in a government building in the 80s but lack of maintenance destroyed the system.

    Solar is a viable for electricity in Barbados especially if oill reaches US$200 a barrel in the next few years.

    The problem is that Bajans with money tend to reach a comfort level where they prefer to buy big house, big rides and shop in new York and Miami.

    They also sit and wait for Government to take initiatives that should be taken by the private sector.


  14. @miller

    “WTE had it is day in the Sun before solar god child! LOL!Since earthy has been bless with Sun and human inhabitate it they was always the use of the sun for various form of energy the only difference that technology has made it possible to achieve more success. The WTE does not go that far back as ancient times.


  15. @ miller

    Let’s deal with the FACTS instead of jumping on the “Oh so you ” mindset driven by political rhetoric so far all i have been able to gather from your comment is that once this government makes a proposal it is wrong. However overall savings and benefits to the customer should be the bottom line and not which political party would benefit most from the outcome.


  16. @ ac | March 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM |

    Hallelujah!
    Ac has seen the Light. The angels in heaven are rejoicing!
    Welcome home, my sister in Truth & Justice! It has been a hard and long battle; scars and all, but all is forgiven.
    There might be some hope for the redemption of DT’s soul.


  17. All the BIG MOUT talk up in here about SOLAR energy makes me wonder since it has been around for a long period of time how many like the likes of miller homes are solar equipped. Like EWB bajans like champagne taste with mauby pockets. Lot a big talk but the truth of the matter not many bajans could afford solar. that it is why it is in the best interest of the public that cheaper and affordable alternatives to energy be pursued. All this political hogwash is just that . Let”S look for solutions. THe General had his day in the SUN 14years ago and all he did was bake mud PIES!


  18. @miller what “LIGHT” in any case you put have pulled the mote out of your eye. Understanding cheaper cost and viability goes hand in hand . viability cannot work alone when it comes to consumer spending except in cases where there is no other alternative. in the case of solar energy the average household income cannot afford the purchasing of the equipment even though it is a good and viable source of energy. Most solar systems start at a cost of between $4-8thousand dollars USA and that can powered a home of about 3bedrooms i bath. so understanding the financial cost per household is where we should begin and not using a shotgun approach , BTW in your query you asked about the tons annually waste for barbados that i do not know however it is said that each person creates 4.7 pounds of waste per day


  19. ac | March 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM |
    “Most solar systems start at a cost of between $4-8thousand dollars USA and that can powered a home of about 3bedrooms i bath..”

    Most second cars parked in the garage on the street cost about Bds $ 40,000-50,000.
    So when the forex gets real tight you still think we can continue importing consumer goods and processed food wrapped in all sorts of plastic and cardboard to feed your WTE monster with its gargantuan appetite or do you plan to use human waste and dead bodies to satiate the burning beast?


  20. @millertheanunnaki,

    I am a DLP supporter and don’t usually agree with the opposition (lol) but you are correct.

    WTE is a beast that has to be fed constantly.

    US$200 a barrel oil is possible within the next few years.

    Solar is viable.

    uh wunda effin it would help fuh de guvment to allow Solar equipments and electric cars in duty an VAT free.
    jus wunderin.


  21. as long as there are people there always be garbage even before there were cars . now as far as the import of car and forex peoples appetitie for mode of transportation goes back to time immoral ,and that hasn,t change and neither the need for people to create garbage .as amatter of fact they compliment each other since they both in some form or another are polluants .


  22. Quoting island gal at 5:27 a.m. “No one is putting Country first”

    Some of us are.

    I haven’t had a car in more than a decade, and I plan never again to buy one.

    When I worked out the cost of the interest on a car loan, the cost of fuel, road taxes, repairs, maintenance and replacement cost I said to my self.

    NEVER.

    There are far better things we can all do with our earnings.

    Don’t have any money invested in CLICO either.

    Unlike so many Bajans I don’t fell the need to pretend that I am a big shot, and I don’t need to pour my earnings into the coffers Japanese companies, local car dealers, or foreign oil companies.


  23. @ Ac: Meanwhile, back at the ranch or should we say dump!

    ac | March 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM |
    “there was always the use of the sun for various form of energy the only difference that technology has made it possible to achieve more success…”
    “The WTE does not go that far back as ancient times.”

    ac | March 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM |
    “as long as there are people there always be garbage even before there were cars…”

    So what do you think your great grandmother did with her garbage (dry wood, dried horse and cow dung and even old cloth and paper but certainly not PLASTIC)? Use it to cook the meals. Isn’t that a form of WTE? Those living in colder climes also used their waste for burning to generate heat to keep warm.

    The same way my great grandmother used the Sun to bleach and dry the clothes or to cure meat and fish.

    As you wisely suggested: there is nothing new under the SUN, just changes in technology whether for good or bad.
    Global warming and high levels of pollution are just two potentially destructive forces that could be attributed to mankind’s activities and conspicuous consumption habits. The question is: which technology is more appropriate to manage the modern challenges we are faced with. Continue burning the garbage? Or try alternative means of reducing our carbon footprints? Reduce, reuse and recycle sound like a safer bet. And just remember that nothing good comes cheap (“cheap things na good” as your granny would have told you). So the current additional cost involved in solar technology investment would have long lasting returns that even your great grand children would benefit from.


  24. $1,500 per year for busfare
    $1,000 for occasional taxi fares
    $500 per year for ocasional rental cars

    Why would anyody buy a car?

    No point buying, feeding and maintaining a whole cow when you only need half a pint of milk a day.


  25. And for years I’ve recycled all my plastic, glass and metal containers.

    It is really not hard.

    I am truly surprised that more people do not it since it takes only abut a minute or two per day to put the plastic, glass, metal (newspapers?) in different bags, boxes or cans, then off to the reclycing center once a month or once a quarter. And since a good number of supermarkets accept recycled items this can be done when doing the monthly grocery shoping.

    Not hard at all. If we would all do it it would relieve the pressure on the landfill(s)


  26. And it just goes to show the wisdom of my gran parents in knowing how to use waste matter for fuel a system which was abandon and has resurfaced through modern technology and the availabilty of it sorce which is cost effecient.and come rain or sunthe availibilty of it would always be around because we the people are the sole producersof garbage.


  27. BAFBFP says:

    “Rape is fun, you really must try your hand at it … Its [the idiot means “it’s”] a real adrenalin thing, takes a while to get over… sort of like an orgasm that a female pig experiences, only those things last for days as I understand it.”

    Number of replies on Barbados Underground that followed BAFBFP’s assertion that “RAPE IS FUN”: 135

    Number of replies on Barbados Underground that followed BAFBFP’s assertion that “RAPE IS FUN”, disagreeing with the assertion that “RAPE IS FUN”: zero.

    No member of the BU Family disagreed with the assertion. Not one.

    People who responded to the relevant BU thread after BAFBFP stated that RAPE IS FUN and who didn’t challenge the assertion:

    ac
    Amused
    Bush Tea
    Colonel Buggy
    David
    Enuff
    Hants
    islandgal246
    John
    John Browne
    JUST ASKING
    Loose Change
    millertheanunnaki
    old onion bags
    Ping Pong
    Porter
    Prodigal Son
    Rambling Rose
    Random Thoughts
    robert ross
    RUBES
    Sargeant
    Snipes
    Str8 Up
    Wily Coyote


  28. @Isabel Worrell Peregrino,

    I did not respond to the comment by BAFBFP because I did not see it.

    If I had seen it I would not respond to such nonsense knowing that BAFBFP is a provacateur.

    You Isabel Worrell Peregrino are casting aspersions on the character of innocent bloggers and David should ban you from this blog.

    BAFBFP if you wrote what this person said you wrote it must be the herb talking or the Chivas or both.


  29. Self-confessed rapist excused by “hants” because “it must be the herb talking or the Chivas or both”.

    Excellent.


  30. Isabelle….why would one respond to some fool who was describing his experience? If BAFBFP likes to be raped it is his business. We all know to ignore Baffy when he makes outlandish statements such as this one.


  31. BAFBFP:

    “I got to admit that I rape a couple ah people in my life, technically speaking … they did say “no”! I suppose there should be a rule as to how the know [sic] is said and when … I mean a “NO” is different from a “no” which is different from a “nnnnnnn n n n o.”

    hants: you have something to say that wouldn’t make a reasonable person vomit?


  32. @ Isabel Worrell Peregrino | March 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM |

    Alright then, BAFBFP we rebuke you! Rape in any form is not to be tolerated. It’s OK to rape Zoe intellectually speaking but to compare the orgasms a sow experiences to that of a human female rape victim is totally out of order. Unless you want to join Carson C. Cadogon in the dog house (who has for some reason has not been mentioned in the list as preferring his bitch over Mia, whatever that means).
    But BAFBFP, how do you know a sow experiences multiple and ongoing orgasms? A feat many human females would like to experience as indicated by the numerous dildos and vibrators on sale. Don’t tell us you are dabbling in the same trade as CCC and Donville “I” the porn King. Bestiality is a crime in Bim, you know, even if the animal is CCC’ s bitchy ‘Michelle My Girl’.


  33. @ ac | March 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM |

    So how would modern technology use animal dung and offal (waste) to generate energy- by burning or by bio-digesters? How are you going to handle the plastics, chemicals and metals? Burn them too?

    If you were smart you would have realised that both great grans and grans relied heavily on the solar power. Either to grow and dry the wood or dung or to cure the fish and meats. So with a Pareto optimality scenario which one do we go for? The WTE short-term burning option or the more sustainable R R R plus Solar?


  34. Millertheanuki……..”Don’t tell us you are dabbling in the same trade as CCC and Donville “I” the porn King. Bestiality is a crime in Bim, you know, even if the animal is CCC’ s bitchy ‘Michelle My Girl’.”

    RFLMAO….. Miller you are a killer!


  35. miller the word “waste means just that no ands “ifs or buts” some of it turns to ash which is not converted to electrucity the others if not fully degraded can be useful in others areasthe recycling programs or for construction of roads.


  36. Wait wunna spend a whole day out hey discussing me and my passions … Well well well. Look if yah don’ get report then how the hell it could be rape nah … Stupse.

    Island Chick you call me a idiot …? You lucky I into sheep right now otherwise I would be up there in the North waitin’ fuh yah to miss and bend over …ha ha ha ha


  37. Raped or Isbelle or Shanika or who ever you are you obviously have been the victim of a vicious perpetrator of some sort. There is no way that a normal citizen that has not experienced what you have could ever truly understand that there really is NO healing from this and the no amount of sympathy could possibly ease the pain that follows any memory of your experience. The most that I can do from this end is wish that you continue to learn how to cope and that you ignore those things that prove counterproductive and injurious to your well being.

    Luv BAF


  38. Hants | March 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM |
    @Isabel Worrell Peregrino,
    I did not respond to the comment by BAFBFP because I did not see it.
    If I had seen it I would not respond to such nonsense knowing that BAFBFP is a provacateur.

    You Isabel Worrell Peregrino are casting aspersions on the character of innocent bloggers and David should ban you from this blog.
    **********************************************************************
    Ditto


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