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A senior police officer has attempted to address a seeming misconception regarding amendments made to the Motor Vehicle and road license act.

The information which emanated from the Police Press Office this week outlining the procedure for failing to immediately produce drivers licenses and registration documents upon request, created a stir among motorists who have been expressing their views on what is being described as a harsh piece of legislation.

Of particular concern was the section relating to the consequences for failing to produce driving documents. It states that a person who contravenes subsection (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both.

Corporal Jonathan St Juste explains that there are various sections to the legislation and that the troubling part relates to the maximum penalty for such an offence.

Corporal St Juste further explains that the one thousand dollar fine and prison term is only effected on summary conviction.

Corporal Stressed that the maximum penalties for such an offence is not automatic
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