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Highway Code - Printable

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6/27/2014Trinidad and Tobago Highway Code - Printablehttp://www.ttregs.com/printable/the-highway-code-printable.php1/22
Figure 1 
The Highway Code
This Highway Code is issued by the Licensing Authority in accordance with Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Section III (1) of M.V. and R.T. Act Chap. 48: 50. 
(Resolution passed)
A failure on the part of any person to observe any provision of Highway Code shall not of itself render that
 
person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind, but any such failure may in any proceedings (whether civil orcriminal, and including proceedings for and offence under this Act) be relied upon by any party to theproceedings as tendering to establish or to negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.Section III (4) of the M.V. and R.T. Act Chap. 48:50. 
Remember:
a. Children are in special danger, particularly those under the age of five and those who cycle. Protectthem and train them in road safety.b. Old people may react slowly. Their difficulties are increasing with the continued growth of motor traffic.Give them great consideration.c. The blind also need your help. They carry White Walking Stick. Give them every consideration andassistance.d. Health is important. Be sure you are fit to use the road. If you are not feeling well don’t drive.Neverforce yourself to drive.e. Lights, Brakes, Steering and Tyres should be frequently checked. Lack of maintenance, may lead toaccident.f. Alcohol, even in quite small quantities, makes you less safe on the road. The only safe rule is “if you aregoing to drive, don’t drink”. The same applies to drugs even if taken medicinally.g. If a ball appears, there’s a child, beware. 
1. Where there is a sidewalk or footpath, use it. Do not walk next to the Curbwith your back to the Traffic. Look both ways before you to step into the road.2. Where there is no footpath, walk on the right side of the road, it is safe to walkon the side facing oncoming traffic. Keep as close as possible to the side of theroad and walk in single file. Take care at right hand bends.3. Do not stand on the roadway to wait on transportation, wait on the sidewalkor footpath.4. Do not allow children, up to the age of five at least, to go alone on the road. Gowith them, walk between them and traffic, always keep a tight hold of theirhands. Do not allow them to run, always set a good example for your children.They learn by imitation. See Figure (1)5. Always wear or carry something white or light-coloured or reflective in the dark. This is especiallyimportant on roads without footpaths. Motorists can see your better. See Figure (2).6. Do not loiter on the roadway or walk on cycle tracks, or wilfully obstruct the free passage.7. A marching body on the road should keep on the left hand side. There should be look-outs at areasonable distance at the front and rear. At night they should carry lights, white at the front of thecolumn and red at the rear.8. When crossing the road first look for a safe place to cross, then stop. Makes sure that you can seeclearly along the road in all directions, then look right, look left and right again, when it is safe gostraight across. Don’t try crossing between parked vehicles. See figure (3).9. It is safer to cross at Footbridges, Zebra Crossings, Pedestrians Crossings or where there is a Police Officer or Crossing Patrol.10. When crossing the road at junctions, look out for vehicles turning the corner especially from behind.
 
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Figure 2Figure 311. Do not stand to near too the edge of the pavement. Stop a little way back from the Curb, where youwill be away from traffic, but can still see if anything is coming. If there is no pavement or footpath standback from the edge of the road where you can see traffic coming.12. At junctions controlled by traffic lights watch the traffic as well as lights, and cross only when the trafficlight is in your favour and the vehicles have stopped. Avoid crossing at uncontrolled inter-sections.13. If the traffic lights have a “Cross Now or Walk” signal do not cross until that signal appears.14. When Police Officer or School Crossing Patrol is controlling traffic, cross the road only when the officerhas signalled you to do so. Always cross in front of him.15. Remember that on one way streets there will usually be more than one lane of traffic proceeding in thesame direction. Do not walk until it is safe to cross all the lanes of traffic.16. When about to cross do not stand behind any vehicle which has its engine running, because it mightreverse into you.17. Keep out of the road if you see or hear Ambulances, Fire Engines, Police or other Emergency Vehicles with their lamps flashing or sirens sounding.18. Do not get off or on a Bus while it is moving, or when it is not a recognised stopping place. Whenstopping a Bus give a clear signal to the driver. Do not step into the road until it has come to a completestop.19. After getting off a bus never cross behind or in front of it. Wait until it has moved off. Go when it is clear.20. Make a habit of assisting the aged, the blind or children to cross the road.21. Never open the door of any vehicle before ensuring that it is safe to do so. Get out of the vehicle on thecurb side wherever possible. 
Part 2 - PEDAL CYCLIST
1. Make sure your cycle is safe to ride. At night you must have in front a white lightvisible from a reasonable distance. You must also carry in the rear a lightedlamp showing a red light, or a reflector. Your brakes must be kept in properworking order. Your tyres must be in good condition. Your cycle must be fittedwith a bell to warn road users of your approach.2. A Police Officer in uniform is empowered, and shall be permitted by the owner orthe person in charge of any cycle, to test and inspwct the brakes of a cyclewhen on the road. If the cycle is involved in an accident, within 48 hours thePolice can carry out the inspection on any premises.3. No Parent, Guardian or any other person having legal custody of a child oryoung person below the age of 16 years shall knowingly permit such child oryoung person to ride on a road, a cycle which does not comply with any laws asregards the condition of the cycle.4. Do not learn to ride on the public road, it is dangerous. Look for a safe openspace.5. When getting on or off do so on the left side of the cycle to avoid traffic.6. Do not ride abreast another cycle. Do note ride on the sidewalk or footpath. It is an offence to do so.7. When you are riding:a. Always keep both hands on the handlebar unless you are signalling.b. Always keep both feet on the pedals.c. Do not hold on to another vehicle or another cyclist.d. Do not carry a passenger on your cycle.e. Do not ride close behind another vehicle.f. Do not carry anything which might affect your balance or become entangled with the wheels orchain.g. Do not lead an animal.
 
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h. Wear light coloured or reflective and fluorescent clothing especially between dusk and dawn, andduring inclement weather.i. It is an offence to ride whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. j. All accidents must be reported to the police immediately.k. Move off the street to stop, park or make repairs to your cycle.l. Where there is a cycle track use it. 
Part 3 - MOTORISTS AND MOTOR CYCLISTS
1. All vehicles must be registered with the Licensing Authority.2. Before you drive make sure that your vehicle is licensed and insured.3. Keep your vehicles in good condition. Pay attention to lights, horn, brakes, steering, tyres (includingspares), windscreen wipers and washers. Keep wind screens, head lamps, indicators, reflectors, mirrorsand number plates clean and clear.4. Before moving off, look in your rear view mirror, and around to make sure it is clear behind and thatnothing is about to overtake. Give a right turn signal and move off when it is safe to do so.5. Keep to the left, except when overtaking, or when passing stationary vehicles or for other reasonableor sufficient cause.6. Use your rear view mirror often so that you know what is behind you. Do not stare at it, glance in it.7. Always keep a special lookout for pedal cycles and motor cycles, particularly when overtaking or turning.Bear in mind that two wheelers are much less easy to see than larger vehicles.8. Do not exceed speed limits for the road and for your vehicle. Remember that any speed limit is amaximum. It does not mean that it is always safe to drive at that speed. Always take into considerationthe conditions of the road. The speed limit in a built up area is 50 km/h and outside a build up area is 80km/h.9. Never drive at such speed that you cannot stop well within the distance you can see to be clear. Gomuch slower it the road is wet.10. Always keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, so you can stop if it slows down or stopssuddenly. The safe rule is never to get closer than the overall stopping distance as shown as follows.
SHORTEST STOPPING DISTANCES
km/hReactiondistanceMetresBrakingdistanceMetresOverallstoppingdistancemetres
On a dry road, a good car with good brakes andtyres and an alert driver, will stop in thedistance shown.Remember these are shortest stoppingdistances. Stopping distances increase greatlywith wet and slippery roads, poor brakes andtyres, and tired drivers.30661250913226012253780153853100185472 11. Pull on the left side of the road, stop and allow the passage of ambulances, fire engines, protectiveservice vehicles or other emergency vehicles when they are sounding horns or sirens or displaying

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