Rock slides in Soufriere after heavy rainfall have prompted a safety alert from the President of the Soufriere Minibus Association, Norman Bernard.
Bernard has urged motorists and commuters to be aware of the danger.
He disclosed that the rock slides occurred on Wednesday and Thursday.
Although Bernard said he would not describe the incidents as major, he told St. Lucia Times one was a source of concern.
He recalled that on Thursday morning, a boulder came down at Palmiste.
Bernard said by noon, the boulder had been removed and work had begun clearing the other debris.
He explained that rock slides on the Soufriere road are regular occurrences.
As a result, the Soufriere Minibus Association President stated that motorists and commuters should exercise caution to ensure they get to their destinations safely.
“Our bigger concern, though, is the general condition of the road from Castries to Soufriere. This is a bigger safety issue for me than those slides that occur every year during the rainy season,” Bernard said.
However, he told St. Lucia Times that apart from hearing from the Minister responsible via news clippings, he did not think there had been any formal communication regarding the road issue, including with the National Council on Public Transportation.
“As to when that road is going to be fixed, we are just seeing things – heavy equipment parked at Cul de Sac. We are hearing speculation that they are going to start on the road soon,” Barnard stated.
But he said to date, the road remains the same.
According to the Minibus Association President, the situation is taking a toll on vehicles, in addition to the government’s 2.5 percent Health & Security Levy, making it challenging to make minibusses road-worthy.
Regarding safety, Bernard observed that the potholes are a concern, especially when it rains because drivers cannot tell where the holes are.
He disclosed that last week there were two incidents where a bus driver lost two tyres when his vehicle went into a pothole and another vehicle broke a spring.