The new bill governing road traffic – the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill – to be presented in the National Assembly Friday is expected to bring in a series of changes that might disrupt the routine of drivers. It was previously announced that the penalty points driving licence will be replaced by a revised one. The new law will cater for sanctions to be taken for those exceeding speed limits; the latter will also be redefined. Furthermore, any driver found guilt of more than 5 serious offences will be banned from driving. Mauritian drivers better be prepared for the upcoming changes.
The new Road Traffic Bill is expected to bring a lot of changes along our roads.
Speed limits will be reviewed and simplified. Sanctions for exceeding speed limits will be redefined. Any driver exceeding the speed limit by 15km/h will have to pay a fine of Rs 1 000. If he does so by 25 km/h, he will have to pay Rs 1, 500-fine. If the limit is exceeded by more than 25 km/h, the fine will be at Rs 2 500.
The point-based driving licence will be replaced by another strategy for defined offences. New forms have been prepared by the “Fixed Penalty Notice” and the “Photographic Enforcement Device Notice”.
Any person found to have provided the wrong information when filling in the forms will be liable to paying a fine not exceeding Rs 10 000 and a three-month imprisonment.
Furthermore, any driver found guilty for more than 5 serious offences will be forbidden to drive on the Mauritian roads. Any individual disqualified two times will have his driving licence annulled. Moreover, the individual might have to follow rehabilitation courses as per the decision of the Court.
Also, a driver having been disqualified for a series of offences will have to hand his driving licence to the court within 5 days. If he does not abide by this condition, his licence will be handed to the authority concerned with the issuing of driving licences within 21 days. Anyone found guilty who refuses to hand over his licence to the court will have to pay a fine of Rs 10 000 and he risks imprisonment for not more than a year.
Another one of the major developments entails foreigners, tourists, and Mauritians flying to the country for the holidays: any of them having an international driving licence will be considered to be under the same category as Mauritians having a valid driving licence and those having a “Learner’s Licence”. The passport of the owner of an international driving licence might even be seized by order of the Court for a certain period.