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Engine on, phone off

If you’re road tripping while visiting Barbados, check your hired car for hands-free blue tooth.

The Barbados Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2017 had some changes confirmed recently, so before you get caught at the wheel unawares, we’ll recap the most important aspects for you.

Talking on the phone while driving is a no-no. No texting, snapping, or leaving voice notes, either. If you want to use your phone while on the road, you must pull into a safe area, stop your car, pull up the handbrake, and turn the engine off in order to take the call.

Better do it too -anyone caught using a phone while driving will face a hefty fine.

And if you think renting a motorcycle or all terrain vehicle (ATV) will get you around texting while driving, all classes of vehicles are impacted, including bicycles. An important change that affects cyclists is that you are obligated to wear a helmet. So if you’re taking a scenic ride, better use a go pro to snap your pics instead of your iphone.

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2017 does also apply to wheelbarrows and donkey carts, but...no mention of jet skis. So even if you can’t text and drive…at least you can snap and ski.

You are on holiday after all.

(Note: snapping and skiing not recommended!)

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