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Display of windscreen insurance disc (FOI)

Display of windscreen insurance disc (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 29 May 2018.


There have been parish prosecutions under the Motor Traffic (Third-Party Insurance) Law 1948 for parking in parochial parking spaces without a current windscreen insurance disc. That legislation (Article 16) specifies 'uses or keeps on a road', and defines a road as any public road or road to which the public has access .No comment is made about 'public parking space'. However, the principal legislation the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956 does identify the difference between a "road" and a "public parking place" creating a clear difference. A public parking place does not fit the description of a road.

Where can I find the legislation that extends the meaning of 'road' to include 'public parking place' to have effect in the Motor Traffic (Third-Party Insurance) Law 1948 as currently in force?

The Jersey Law website is not helpful in this regard.


The term ‘road’ for the Motor Traffic (Third part insurance) Law 1948 is defined in the law under Article 1, Interpretation. The relevant link to the Jersey law website is below:

Motor Traffic (Third part insurance) Law 1948

The law states: “road” means any public road, any other road to which the public has access, any bridge over which a road passes, any public place and any sea beach;

The term ‘any public place’ includes any ’Public parking space’. The offence under Article 16 of the law: A person who uses or keeps on a road a motor vehicle on which an insurance disc required to be displayed under Article 6 is not so displayed shall be guilty of an offence, will be committed if the said vehicle is parked in a public parking space without a valid insurance disc.

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