Motor Vehicle and Speed Limit Regulations


Published: 1959-05-01

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Motor Vehicle and Speed Limit Regulations
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MOTOR VEHICLE AND SPEED LIMIT
REGULATIONS

(SECTION 26(1), 31(10), 32(4) and 43(2))
[Commencement 1st May, 1959]

PART I
REGISTRATION AND LICENSING

1. These regulations may be cited as the Motor
Vehicle and Speed Limit Regulations.

2. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise
requires —

“Authority” means the Road Traffic Authority
appointed under the Act;

“Act” means the Road Traffic Act;
“Controller” means the Controller of Road Traffic

appointed under the Act and any interim
Controller so appointed and includes any Dep-
uty Controller who is authorised by the Con-
troller or by the interim Controller to act on his
behalf;

“invalid carriage” means a motor vehicle the weight
of which unladen does not exceed five hundred-
weight which is specially designed and con-
structed, and not merely adapted, for the use of
persons suffering from some physical defect or
disability, and which is used solely by such
person;

“inspector” means the Inspector of Road Traffic
appointed under the Act;

G.N. 72/1959
G.N. 278/1959
G.N. 20/1961
G.N. 64/1961
G.N. 142/1961
G.N. 13/1962
G.N. 77/1962
G.N. 90/1962
G.N. 129/1962
G.N. 292/1963
S.I. 8/1967
S.I. 29/1967
S.I. 23/1968
S.I. 17/1970
S.I. 50/1973
S.I. 83/1974
S.I. 82/1975
S.I. 22/1980
S.I 31/1985
S.I 36/1986
S.I. 59/1989
23 of 1992
S.I. 64/2000
S.I. 114/2001
S.I. 132/2001
S.I. 6/2006

Citation.
G.N. 10/1961.

Interpretation.

S.I. 60/1970.

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“livery car” means a motor vehicle having a seating
capacity for not more than twelve passengers,
which is hired out by the owner for reward, for
the purposes of being driven for the exclusive use
of the hirer and which is driven by a chauffeur
who is, or is employed by, the owner;

“motor cycle” means a motor vehicle with less than
four wheels, the weight of which unladen does
not exceed eight hundredweight;

“motor truck” means a motor vehicle which is so
constructed as to show that its primary purpose
is the conveyance of goods;

“motor vehicle” means a vehicle which is wholly or
partially propelled by mechanical means and
which is designed or adapted for use on roads;

“omnibus” means every passenger vehicle having a
seating capacity for more than twelve passengers,
and any motor vehicle licensed as an omnibus
which carries passengers for hire or reward:

Provided that a stretch-out which is lawfully
being used as a tour car during the period of five
years following the commencement of the Act,
shall not be deemed to be an omnibus while it is
being so used;

“owner” in relation to any motor vehicle means the
person by whom or on whose behalf the vehicle is
normally kept and used, and in the case of a
vehicle which is the subject of a hiring agreement
or hire purchase agreement, means the person in
possession of that vehicle under the agreement;

“passenger vehicle” means a motor vehicle designed
or adapted for the primary purpose of carrying
passengers;

“police officer” includes any police officer, constable
or other person having the powers of a police
officer;

“private motor vehicle” means any motor vehicle
other than an omnibus, a taxi-cab, a tour car, a
livery car or a self-drive vehicle;

“public service vehicle” means a motor vehicle
designed or adapted for the carriage of
passengers which is either —

23 of 1992,
s.3(1) (a).

23 of 1992,
s.3(1) (a).

23 of 1992,
s.3(1) (b).

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(a) an omnibus or a stretch-out;
(b) a motor vehicle having a seating capacity

for not more than nine passengers which is
used as a self-drive vehicle; or

(c) a motor vehicle having a seating capacity
for not more than twelve passengers which
is used as a livery car, taxi-cab or tour car;

“register” means the register or registers kept by the
Controller under the Act, and

“registered” means registered in that register or those
registers;

“regulations” means regulations made under the Act
and in the manner provided by the Act;

“road” means any highway and any other road to
which the public has access, and includes any
part of a road and any bridge over which a road
passes;

“Schedule” means the Schedule to these Regulations;
“self-drive vehicle” means a motor vehicle having a

seating capacity for not more than nine passen-
gers which is hired out by the owner for reward
for the purpose of being driven and used by the
hirer exclusively for his own purposes;

“stretch-out” means a conventional motor vehicle
which has been elongated to increase the seating
capacity to a maximum of eleven passengers;

“supervisor” means a supervisor of road traffic
appointed under the Act;

“taxi-cab” means a motor vehicle having a seating
capacity for not more than twelve passengers
which stands or plies for hire and which is
driven by the owner or by a person employed
by the owner;

“tour car” means a motor vehicle having a seating
capacity for not more than twelve passengers
which carries passengers for hire or reward on
sight-seeing tours or on prearranged transfers
and which is driven by the owner or by a person
employed by the owner;

“trailer” means a vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle.

23 of 1992, s.
3(1)(a).

23 of 1992, s.
3(1)(a).

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3. (1) The Controller shall establish and keep a
register for the registration of motor vehicles (hereinafter
referred to as the “Register”).

(2) The Controller shall establish and keep a
register of motor vehicle drivers (hereinafter referred to as
the “Drivers Register”).

4. The owner of a motor vehicle shall apply to the
Controller for registration of such motor vehicle and shall
furnish him with the particulars specified in Form I in the
Schedule.

5. The Controller, on receipt of such application,
and the fee set out in the Schedule of the Act, shall
forthwith assign a separate number to the motor vehicle
and register it by making the required entries in the register
and shall issue a licence to the owner.

6. (1) The Controller shall supply the owner of
every registered motor vehicle with two identification
plates which the owner shall cause to be affixed to the
vehicle in an upright position, one in front of the vehicle
and one in the rear so as to be clearly visible:

Provided that where the motor-cycle is a self-drive
vehicle, the owner thereof shall cause one plate with the
registered number of such motor-cycle to be affixed thereto
at the rear of the seat in the manner aforesaid.

(2) Identification plates may be of different types
according to different classes of motor vehicles and shall in
the case of —

(a) passenger vehicles, not being vehicles coming
under subparagraphs (c), (f) or (h) bear a
registered number;

(b) motor-trucks, bear a registered number preceded
by the letter “T”;

(c) Government vehicles not falling within sub-
paragraph (f), bear a registered number with the
figures painted in white on a red background;

(d) public service vehicles, bear a registered number
preceded in the case of —

(i) a taxi-cab, by the word “Taxicab”;
(ii) a bus, by the word “Bus”;
(iii) a tour car, by the words “Tour car”;
(iv) a self-drive car, by the letters “S.D.”;

Registration of
motor vehicles.

Application for
registration.

Form I.

Numbering of
motor vehicles
and issue of
licence.
S.I. 82/1975.

Identification
plates.
S.I. 82/1975.

S.I. 36/1986.

S.I. 114/2001.

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(v) a livery vehicle, by the word “Livery”;
(e) miscellaneous motor vehicles, other than vehicles

coming under sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) and (f), bear
a registered number preceded by the letter “M”;

(f) passenger vehicles —
(i) in respect of which exemption from

payment of a motor vehicle licence fee is
granted by the proviso to section 31(3)(a)
of the Act;

(ii) owned by Government and placed at the
disposal of a Minister of the Government
in connection with his functions as such;

(iii) owned by a Minister of the Government, a
Senator or a Member of Parliament,

bear such distinctive markings as may be
assigned to the vehicle by the Minister, and the
Minister may assign different distinctive plates
and markings to the motor vehicles of different
persons or different categories of persons:

Provided that as respects a vehicle coming
under subparagraph (f)(iii) no assignment shall be
made by the Minister except upon an application
to that effect by the owner; and until an
assignment is made, subparagraph (a) shall apply;

(g) motor vehicles imported under bond, except
vehicles imported by tourists for periods not
exceeding six months, bear a plate of a different
and distinguishable colour from the plates of
other motor vehicles belonging to the same class
or category;

(h) passenger vehicles owned by the Government
and granted to the holder of a judicial office in
connection with his functions bear a registered
number with the figures painted in white on a
black background in the case of Judges of the
Supreme Court and figures painted in blue on
white background in the case of Judges of the
Court of Appeal.

7. Upon the registration of a motor vehicle, the
Controller shall supply the owner thereof with a registra-
tion card in Form II of the Schedule to these Regulations.
The registration card shall be produced by the owner to the
Controller whenever any change in the registration or
licensing of the motor vehicle is made. The Controller shall
cause the necessary entries to be made on the registration

S.I. 114/2001.

S.I. 114/2001.
S.I. 6/2006.

Form II.
S.I. 83/1974.

Registration
cards.

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card and return the registration card to the owner who will
keep it in his possession.

8. (1) The licence shall be carried in a holder, which
must be of weatherproof construction.

(2) The holder shall be fitted with a stout cover, of
glass or other transparent substance.

(3) The licence shall be so placed and carried that the
number of licence, number of vehicle, description of vehicle,
name of owner, date of issue of licence, date of expiry of
licence, date fee paid, and signature of a responsible officer of
the Road Traffic Department for and on behalf of the
Controller are clearly visible at all times by daylight to a
person standing on the left side of the said vehicle.

(4) The licence holder shall be affixed to a motor
vehicle as hereinafter set out —

(a) in the case of a motor vehicle other than a motor
cycle by affixing same on the left side of the
windscreen of the said vehicle;

(b) in the case of a motor cycle by affixing same in a
conspicuous position on the left side of the
vehicle.

9. Should any identification plate be lost, destroyed
or become not easily distinguishable the owner of the motor
vehicle shall immediately cause another plate to be affixed
in lieu thereof.

10. (1) If the ownership of a motor vehicle is
changed, written notice of the change shall be given
forthwith by the new owner to the Controller and an
application shall also be made either to cancel the
registration of the vehicle or to continue the existing
registration under the new ownership.

(2) If an application is made to cancel the
registration of the motor vehicle, and no application is made
to continue the registration of the vehicle, the registration
shall be cancelled accordingly; if an application is made to
continue the existing registration the new owner shall
furnish the necessary particulars as to the ownership and the
Controller shall cause the necessary alterations to be made
in the register and shall furnish the new owner with a new
licence or endorse an existing licence in conformity with the
altered entries in the register.

(3) If any circumstances (other than a change of
ownership) occur in relation to any motor vehicle which
affect the accuracy of any particulars entered in the


Licences.

Lost plates.
G.N. 20/1961.

Change of
ownership.

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register, the owner shall forthwith inform the Controller
and, on receipt of such information, the Controller shall
forthwith cause the entries respecting that motor vehicle in
the register to be amended accordingly and if necessary
amend the licence in respect of such motor vehicle.

(4) The Controller may, in his discretion, supply
any applicant with a copy of the entries relating to any
specified motor vehicle, and the Commissioner of Police
and any peace officer authorised by him shall have access
to the register at all reasonable times. A copy of the entries
in such register, purporting to be signed by the Controller,
shall be received in evidence without further proof, unless
it is shown such signature is not the signature of the
Controller.

11. Any registration not complying with any of the
provisions of these Regulations as to the registration or
licensing of such motor vehicles shall be void.

12. If the Controller is satisfied that a registered
motor vehicle has been destroyed, broken up or perma-
nently removed from The Bahamas or that the provisions
of these Regulations as to the registration and licensing
thereof have not been complied with, he shall cause the
entries in the register with respect to such motor vehicle to
be cancelled, and may, if he thinks fit, assign the same
number to any other motor vehicle. No person shall be
entitled to claim the return of any fee paid for any licence
so cancelled.

PART II
USE AND CONSTRUCTION OF

MOTOR VEHICLES

14. In calculating the area of a motor vehicle the
measurements shall be made between the extreme
projecting points of such vehicle.

15. (1) No person shall cause or permit a motor
vehicle or trailer to be used on any public highway or shall
drive or have charge of a motor vehicle or trailer when so
used unless the conditions set forth in these Regulations are
satisfied. The Inspector shall not issue a certificate of
inspection for the licensing of any motor vehicle in such a
condition as to render its use a contravention of these
Regulations.

Registration to
comply with
Regulations.

Cancellation of
registration.

Measuring motor
vehicle.

Use and
construction of
motor vehicle.

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(2) No person shall use or permit a motor vehicle to
be used on any public highway unless such motor vehicle
has been previously inspected by the Inspector and a
certificate to that effect obtained in Form I of the Schedule
to these Regulations.

16. (1) No motor vehicle shall exceed eight feet in
width or thirty feet in length the measurements to be made
between the extreme projecting points of such motor
vehicle.

(2) No trailer shall exceed eight feet in width or
thirty feet in length measured between the extreme
projecting points of such trailer.

(3) No load on a motor vehicle or on a trailer shall
project more than one foot beyond either side of the body
of such motor vehicle or trailer.

Whenever the load upon any motor vehicle or trailer
extends to the rear four feet or more beyond the body of
such motor vehicle or trailer there shall be displayed at the
extreme rear end of the load, between one half-hour after
sunset and one half-hour before sunrise, a red light or
lantern plainly visible from a distance of at least five
hundred feet to the sides and rear. At any other time there
shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of the load a red
flag or cloth at least sixteen inches square.

(4) No motor vehicle or trailer laden or unladen
shall exceed twelve feet in height measured from the
ground to the highest point of the vehicle or load.

(5) The Controller is hereby empowered to issue a
special permit in writing authorising the use on any
highway of a vehicle of a size exceeding the maximum size
laid down in this regulation. Any such permit may be
issued for a single occasion or for a certain period of time:

Provided that any motor vehicle which has been
registered and licensed before the thirty-first day of
October 1952 shall be exempt from the provisions of this
regulation so far as they relate to the dimensions of such
motor vehicle.

(6) In pursuance of the provisions of paragraph (b)
of subsection (1) of section 25 and paragraph (e) of
subsection (1) of section 92 of the Act, no person shall
use on any road any trailer constructed for use as a
dwelling, office or workshop:

Form I.

Dimensions and
restrictions.

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Provided that the Controller shall have the power to
grant exemptions from the provisions of these Regulations
in respect of any use of a road by any such trailer on a
particular occasion.

17. (1) No motor vehicle or trailer shall be used on
any public highway unless fitted with pneumatic tyres:

Provided that the Controller may, on the advice of
the Director of Public Works, permit the use on such public
highways, and subject to such conditions as he may think
fit, of such vehicles fitted with solid tyres as he may be
satisfied will not cause undue damage to the public
highways.

(2) The tyres with which a motor vehicle or trailer
is fitted shall be of sufficient size and in such condition as
to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle on the public
highways.

18. (1) Every motor vehicle other than a motor
cycle shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the
movement of and to stop such motor vehicle under the
conditions described in paragraph (7) of this regulation.
there shall be two separate means of applying the brakes,
each of which means shall be effective to two wheels on
the same axle. If these two separate means of applying the
brakes are connected in any way, then they shall be so
constructed that failure of any one part of the operating
mechanism shall not leave the motor car without adequate
brakes.

(2) Every motor cycle shall be equipped with at
least one brake adequate to control the movement of and to
stop such motor cycle, which brake may be operated by
hand or foot.

(3) Every trailer exceeding two hundredweight
unladen must have a brake of such efficiency as to stop
such trailer under the conditions described in paragraph (7)
of this regulation.

(4) A trailer required to have a brake must carry a
person competent to apply the same efficiently unless the
application of either of the brakes on the motor vehicle
towing such trailer brings simultaneously into action the
brakes of the trailer or unless the brakes of the trailer can
be applied from the motor vehicle by a person thereon
independently of the brakes of the motor vehicle.

Tyres.

Brakes.

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(5) A trailer must be attached to a motor vehicle in
such manner as to stop simultaneously with the motor
vehicle towing it.

(6) One of the means of brake operation on a motor
vehicle shall consist of a positive connection from the
operating lever to the brake shoes or bands and this brake
shall be capable of holding the motor vehicle stationary
under any condition of loading or on any up or down grade
on which it is operated.

(7) Every motor vehicle or combination of motor
drawn vehicles shall be capable, at all times and under all
conditions of loading, of being stopped on a dry, smooth
level road free from loose material, upon application of the
service (foot) brake within the distances specified below. A
motor vehicle not exceeding 7,000 lbs. when driven at a
speed of 20 m.p.h. within 30 ft. A motor vehicle in excess
of 7,000 lbs. gross weight when driven at a speed of 20
m.p.h. within 40 ft.

(8) All the brakes on a motor vehicle or on a trailer
shall be maintained in good working order and shall be so
adjusted as to operate as equally as practicable with respect
to the wheels on opposite sides of the motor vehicle.

19. (1) Every motor vehicle other than a motor
cycle or an invalid carriage shall be fitted with a
windshield so constructed that it affords ample protection
to the driver of the motor vehicle and it shall be kept in
such condition as to allow an unobstructed view to the
front.

(2) All windshields and all side doors and windows
on a motor vehicle where glass is used shall be constructed
of “safety glass”. The term “safety glass” shall mean any
product composed of material so manufactured, fabricated
or treated as substantially to prevent shattering and flying
of the glass when struck or broken.

(3) The glass of all windshields and all side doors and
windows on a motor vehicle shall be of such transparency
that it does not obscure the view of the interior of the
vehicle and any person who drives a vehicle with any such
glass so obscured as to hinder that view shall be guilty of
an offence.

Windshields.

S.I. 22/1980

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(4) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with
any sign, poster or other non-transparent material upon the
front windshield, side or rear windows of such vehicle
other than the licence or other label required to be
displayed by the law, if such sign or poster is of such a size
or is placed in such position as substantially to obstruct the
view of the highway from the driver’s seat.

20. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a
device for wiping rain or other moisture from the
windshield, which device shall be maintained in good
working order and be so constructed as to be controlled or
operated by the driver of the motor vehicle.

21. Every motor vehicle shall be fitted with a mirror
so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway
to the rear of the motor vehicle.

22. Every motor vehicle shall at all times be fitted
with a muffler in good working order and in constant
operation, and no person shall use a muffler cutout, by-pass
or similar device on a motor vehicle on a highway.

23. Every motor vehicle shall be fitted with a horn
or other instrument approved of by the Controller. The
horn or other instrument referred to in this regulation shall
be for the purpose of giving warning of approach and at all
times shall be fit for that purpose:

Provided that every person driving or in charge of a
motor vehicle when used on a highway shall not cause the
horn or other instrument on such motor vehicle to be used
between the hours of midnight and six o’clock in the
morning, or more than necessary at any other time:

Provided further that this regulation shall not apply to
the driver of any motor vehicle used by or under the
direction of the Commissioner of Police on its way to or
from a fire call.

24. (1) Every motor vehicle other than a motor
cycle shall be equipped with two head lamps fitted one on
each side of the front of the motor vehicle as near the sides
as practicable.

(2) The head lamps with which a motor vehicle is
fitted shall, when lighted at night, illuminate with a white
light objects at a distance of not less than five hundred feet
and they shall be fitted with a device for dimming capable
of being operated from the driving seat.

Windshield
wipers.

Rear view
mirror.

Muffler.

Horn.

Lights.

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(3) Every motor cycle shall be fitted with one head
lamp capable when lighted at night of illuminating with a
white light an object at a distance of not less than five
hundred feet.

(4) Every motor vehicle and every trailer shall be
fitted with a rear lamp so constructed and placed as to
illuminate with a white light by means of reflection,
transparency or otherwise and to render easily distinguish-
able at a distance of not less than fifty feet the registered
number attached to the rear of the motor vehicle or trailer
and shall also exhibit a red light towards the rear.

(5) Every trailer when stationary upon a road during
the period between one half-hour after sunset and one half-
hour before sunrise shall carry such lights as will indicate
clearly its position to traffic approaching from either
direction.

25. A motor vehicle other than a motor cycle or an
invalid carriage shall be capable of being so worked that it
may travel under its own power either forward or
backward.

26. A motor vehicle and all the fittings thereof shall
be in such condition as not to cause danger or unnecessary
annoyance to any person on the vehicle or on the highway.

27. A motor vehicle shall be so constructed and
used as to prevent the making of unnecessary noise and so
as to enable the driver to stop the action of the machinery
so far as may be necessary for the prevention of noise, and
the driver shall make prompt and effective use of all such
means as are available for the prevention of noise.

28. (1) When a trailer is attached to a motor vehicle
an identification plate similar to the identification plates
required by these Regulations to be fixed to every licensed
motor vehicle, and bearing the same registration number as
the motor vehicle to which the trailer is attached, shall be
fixed by the licensee at his own expense to the back of the
trailer in such manner that the number is easily discernible
from behind the trailer.

(2) The licence number may be printed on the rear of
the trailer itself instead of on a plate:

Reverse.

Not to cause
danger or
annoyance.

Unnecessary
noise.

Trailer
identification
plates.

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Provided that that part of the trailer is painted black
(or in the case of trailers owned by the Government, red)
so as to resemble a plate complying with these
Regulations, and that the figures are painted on such part in
such manner as to be clearly discernible.

29. (1) A trailer shall be connected to the motor
vehicle towing it by means of a rigid tow bar fitted with a
safety hook. Such tow bar shall be fitted with wire gates or
other protective screening to prevent persons riding on the
tow bar.

(2) Safety chains shall also be coupled between all
trailers and the motor vehicle towing them.

30. Any police officer may stop any motor vehicle
with a view to ascertaining whether such motor vehicle is
being used in contravention of the Road Traffic Act or any
regulations made or permit issued thereunder, and in the
event of the motor vehicle being used in such manner the
police officer may take the motor vehicle and cause it to be
detained until the motor vehicle can be identified.

31. (1) The Controller shall have the power to
exempt from the provisions of any of these Regulations fire
engines, steam and other rollers used for the making or
repairing of roads and other heavy equipment used for
some special purpose.

(2) The Controller on the recommendation of the
Director of Public Works or the Commissioner of Police,
may grant in writing for a particular occasion or particular
occasions a permit for the carriage by motor vehicles,
trailer or other means of any specified freight or load
which is incapable of being so placed on the motor vehicle
or trailer as to conform to the provisions of these
Regulations.

PART III
REGISTRATON AND LICENSING OF

PUBLIC SERVICES VEHICLES
32. (1) The Controller shall establish and keep a

register for the registration of all public service vehicles, to
be called the “Public Service Vehicle Register”, such
register may be divided into such classes as the Controller
deems appropriate.

Attachment of
trailer.

G.N. 20/1961

Police officer
may stop any
motor vehicle.

Exemptions.

Public service
vehicle registers.

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(2) The Controller shall establish and keep a
register of all public service drivers’ licences, such register
to be known as the “Public Service Drivers Register”.

(3) The Controller shall establish and keep a register
of all applications for public service vehicle licences, such
application shall be entered in the register in the order in
which they are received by the Controller and the entries
shall show the date of receipt. Such applications shall be in
the form set out in Form III of the Schedule.

33. The owner of a motor vehicle to be licensed as a
public service vehicle shall produce such vehicle, together
with its registration card to the Controller who shall inspect
it, its tools, spare tyres and equipment and upon being
satisfied that the motor vehicle is fit and proper to be
licensed as a public service vehicle, and on receipt of the fee
set out in the Schedule of the Act, shall issue a registration
and licence card and shall register the vehicle in the
appropriate register and issue to the owner two appro-
priate registration plates.

34. (1) Every owner of a taxi-cab shall have the
word “Taxi-cab” painted in neat easily distinguishable
letters on the front door on each side of such taxi-cab.

(2) Every owner of a taxi-cab may have his name or
his trade name painted on the aforementioned doors in neat
letters and he may also display the word “Taxi-cab” or
“Taxi” on the top of his taxi-cab, facing to the front in a
proper bracket manufactured for that purpose, provided
that any such painting or sign shall be subject to the
approval of the Controller.

35. The driver of a taxi-cab shall cause to be
affixed, as the Controller may direct, in the taxi-cab of
which he is the driver a card bearing his photograph and
his name and the number of his public service driver’s
licence. The photograph shall be the size and type of the
usual passport photograph.

36. (1) The number of passengers a public service
vehicle is licensed to carry shall be exclusive of the driver
of the vehicle.

(2) No licensed driver of a taxi-cab shall carry more
than the number of persons which the taxi-cab is licensed
to carry.

S.I. 83/1974

Form III.

Licences.

S.I. 83/1974

S.I. 29/1967.

Taxi-cabs.

Photograph of
taxi-cab driver.

Number of
passengers.

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37. (1) No licensed driver of a public service
vehicle shall smoke whilst employed in conveying
passengers to or from any place.

(2) The licensed driver of a public service vehicle
other than a self-drive vehicle shall, when the vehicle is
parked in any place reserved for the parking or stopping of
public service vehicles, remain with his vehicle and be
ready to drive off without delay should he be required to do
so by a person wishing to hire his vehicle or should he be
required to move his vehicle for any other lawful cause.

38. Every application for a public service vehicle
franchise shall be made to the Controller, at the office of
the Authority where the applicant shall be supplied with
the appropriate form on which to make the application.

39. On receipt of an application for a public service
vehicle franchise the Controller shall within seven days
cause such application to be published in the Gazette and
he shall bring the application before the Authority at its
next public meeting following the lapse of four weeks from
the date of the publication.

40. Whoever commits an offence against any of the
foregoing regulations shall on summary conviction be
liable to a fine not exceeding eighty dollars.

PART IV
SPEED LIMITS

41. (1) In the Island of New Providence, the speed
limits for all motor vehicles on all roads shall be as
specified in this regulation.

(2) The speed limit of all motor vehicles shall be
twenty-five miles per hour within the following limits:

(a) on Shirley Street and Johnson Road;
(b) within the limits bounded on the east from the

Harbour to Shirley Street, by the east side of
Church Street and from Shirley Street to Wulff
Road, by the west side of Mackey Street; on the
south by the south sides of Wulff Road and
Poinciana Avenue; on the west by the east side
of Nassau Street and on the north by the
Harbour of Nassau.

1(3) The speed limit for omnibuses having a seating


1 Section 2(1) of S.I. 12 of 2002 states that “where works or repairs are being carried
out on a public road the speed limit for all motor vehicles on such road shall be reduced
to twenty miles per hour or such other speed as the Minister may by notice affix to such
road”.

Section 2(2) of S.I. 12 of 2002 states that “[t]he speed limit specified in paragraph (1)
shall be displayed at all times on the public road where the works or repairs are being
carried out”.

Conduct of
public service
vehicle drivers.

Application for a
franchise.

Publication of
application.

Penalty.

G.N. 20/1961.

Speed Limit
Regulations for
New Providence.
S.I. 23/1968.

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capacity for more than twenty passengers and for motor
trucks shall be thirty miles per hour and the speed limit for
all other classes of motor vehicle shall be forty-five miles
per hour within the following limits:

(a) from the intersection of the Farrington Road and
the road running westwardly from Oakes Field
along Farrington Road, the Interfield Road and
the Windsor Field Road to its intersection with
the Western Road near Old Fort;

(b) from the intersection of the Coral Harbour Road
with the Windsor Field Road along the Coral
Harbour Road to Adelaide Road;

(c) on Carmichael Road and Adelaide Road.
(d) on the Western Road from its junction with

Windsor Field Road to the roundabout at
Lyford Cay;

(e) East/West Highway;
(f) on Harold Road; and
(g) on Baillou Hill Road South of Soldier Road.
2(4) In Paradise Island, the speed limit for all motor

vehicles shall be fifteen miles per hour along such lengths
or parts of any road where it is so indicated by traffic signs
and, where it is not so indicated, the speed limit —

(a) for omnibuses having a seating capacity for
more than twenty passengers and for motor
trucks shall be twenty miles per hour; and

(b) for all other classes of motor vehicle shall be
twenty-five miles per hour.

(5) The speed limit for all motor vehicles outside
the limits specified in paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) of this
regulation shall be thirty miles per hour save that —

(a) on that part of West Bay Street —
(i) extending eastwards from the intersection of

Windsor Field Road and West Bay Street to
the westmost limits of the Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort and Spa; and

(ii) from The Bahamas Development Bank
eastward to Nassau Street,


2 Section 2(1) of S.I. 12 of 2002 states that “where works or repairs are being carried

out on a public road the speed limit for all motor vehicles on such road shall be reduced
to twenty miles per hour or such other speed as the Minister may by notice affix to such
road”.

Section 2(2) of S.I. 12 of 2002 states that “[t]he speed limit specified in paragraph (1)
shall be displayed at all times on the public road where the works or repairs are being
carried out”.

S.I. 59/1989.

S.I. 31/1985.
S.I. 59/1989.

S.I. 132/2001.

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the speed limit shall be thirty-five miles per
hour; and

b) from the western most property line of Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa extending
eastward to The Bahamas Development Bank
the speed limit shall be twenty-five miles per
hour.

(6) The provisions imposing a speed limit on motor
vehicles shall not apply to any vehicle on an occasion
when it is being used for fire brigade, ambulance or police
purposes if the observance of these provisions would be
likely to hinder the use of the vehicle for the purposes to
which it is being used on that occasion.

42. The Authority shall hold public sittings, one in
the month of December, one in the month of March, one in
the month of June, and one in the month of September in
each year.

The Authority may hold a public sitting at any time
to hear any application which has been published by the
Controller on a date not less than four weeks following the
date of the last public sitting of the Authority.

SCHEDULE (Regulations 4 and 15)

FORM I
FORM OF APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF A
MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT

BAHAMA ISLANDS.

Full name of owner...............................................................................
Address of owner .................................................................................

Make ............ Type ............... Colour
Description of vehicle

Body..................... Engine ......................
Serial number ......................................................................................
...................................................................:Private:................ :Trade:
Measurement.........................................................................................
.....................................................square feet:
Insured with .........................................................................................
Dated this ............................ day of ..................................... 19...........

Signature of owner or agent......................
Inspected and passed under regulation 15 of the Motor Vehicle and
Speed Limit Regulations.
Dated the ............................ day of ...................................... 19...........

Meetings of the
Authority.

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..............................................................

Inspector of Road Traffic
No...................................................
Fee..................................................

Surname ......................................... Given names................................


Year Renewal Date Year Remarks

1959 1969

1960 1970

1961 1971

1962 1972

1963 1973

1964 1974

1965 1975

1966 1976

1967 1977

1968 1978


FORM II (Regulation 7)
MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

Registered No. ............................ Private or trade............................
Manufacturer .............................. Weight unladen ..........................
Type & Colour............................ Annual Fee $ ..............................
Serial Nos. .................................. Date of Registration ...................

Engine..................................................................................
Body..................................For Controller............................



S.I. 83/1974.

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OWNERSHIP
PARTICULARS

No. LICENCES ISSUED
Initials and Date

Name in full ..................................

Address. ............. Street ................

P.O. Box .........................................
Signature of Owner



Name in full ...................................

Address............... Street ................

P.O. Box..........................................
Signature of Owner



Name in full ...................................

Address................Street . ...............

P.O. Box .........................................
Signature of Owner



IMPORTANT NOTE
This Registration Book is an important document.
It should be carefully preserved and its loss reported

immediately to the Police and the Controller of Road Traffic.
It should be presented with the examination certificate on each

occasion when the vehicle is licensed.
In case or sale or transfer it should be presented to the

Controller within fourteen days by the new owner for the transfer to
be recorded.

If the vehicle is broken up or removed from The Bahamas
this book should be returned to the Controller of Road Traffic.

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FORM III (Regulation 32)
FORM OF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLIC SERVICE

VEHICLE UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

Full name of owner (Print) ..................................................................

Postal address of owner .......................................................................

Registration number of ........................................................................
vehicle in Motor
Vehicle Register

Type of Licence....................................................................................

Insured with ............................................................... .........................

P.S.V. Reg. No. ....................................................................................

No. of Passengers .................................................................................

Dated the .......................... day of .............................. 19 ....................

Signature of owner or his agent............................................................

Inspected and passed under regulation 33 of the Motor Vehicle and
Speed Limit Regulations.

Dated the .......................... day of .............................. 19 ....................

Controller .............................................................................................

ROAD TRAFFIC (ISSUE OF IDENTIFICATION
PLATES) (FEES) ORDER, 1990

(SECTION 26)
[Commencement 29th December, 1989]

1. This Order may be cited as the Road Traffic (Issue
of Identification Plates) (Fees) Order, 1990.

2. The fee for a set of number plates, other than trade
plates, issued under section 26 of the principal Act shall be
$12.00.

3. The fees for number plates, other than trade plates,
issued in replacement of those issued under section 26 of
the principal Act shall be —

(a) in the case of a single plate $5.00; and
(b) in the case of a set of plates $10.00.

S.I. 83/1974

S.I. 6/1990

Citation.

Fees.

Fees for
replacement
plates.

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