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Friday, 30 October 2015

Road traffic laws: keep left except when overtaking

There seems to be some confusion regarding road traffic laws in this lawless country of ours, so please allow me to clarify.

According to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations (G 1.6.44) under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act 1934, as amended, it is the LAW to keep to the left side of any roadway, REGARDLESS of the speed at which one is driving.

Regulation #38 - Every driver of a motor vehicle shall comply with the following rules:
  • Rule #5(1) - S/He shall keep the motor vehicle on the left of the road unless prevented by some sufficient cause...

  • Rule #10 - Slow moving traffic shall keep as much to the left as possible at all times...

  • Rule #105 - Wherever dual carriageways are provided along a public road all vehicles shall proceed along or keep to the left hand carriageway and shall keep to the left side of the left hand carriageway except when overtaking.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Labour Board

Q: What kinds of matters does the Labour Board deal with?
A: There is no such thing as a "labour board" in Trinidad & Tobago. There is a Ministry of Labour with different units. For workers, the two main units would be the Labour Inspectorate Unit and the Conciliation & Labour Relations Unit.

  • The LIU deals with issues regarding minimum wage workers.
  • The CLRU deals with matters regarding any other aspect of employment. To an individual worker, their only purpose is to offer basic advice and direct you to a trade union.* The CLRU is the first stop for workers, but they can't offer any real help without the involvement of a union.

*You are welcomed to join our trade union: Trinidad and Tobago Workers' Association.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sexual harassment in Trinidad and Tobago

If you are being sexually harassed at work, please reach out to me so we can help you. Remember, sexual harassment is often-times disguised as a compliment. Don't let it get out-of-hand!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Importance of having legal representation

I get quite a few "do I need a lawyer?" questions... here's the answer. 

Representation in court is not always required, but I would at least suggest getting advice prior to the hearing.