Transport Minister wants stiffer penalties for vandalism of public signs

Transport Minister, Guy Joseph, concerned about the destruction of public signs, has called for stiffer penalties for the persons responsible.

Joseph told the Times that one of the issues facing Saint Lucia is how much of this country’s public sinage is being destroyed.

Joseph, who is also responsible for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal and Civil Aviation, told the Times that while there will be greater collaboration between his Ministry and the Ministry of Infrastructure  which is responsible for sinage, there is need to introduce stiffer penalties for those who vandalize public signs.

He made reference to a number of mirrors that have been broken and vehicles have run into signs erected at roadsides.

“Apparently there is no arrangement with insurance to replace those signs yet when a third party gets damaged, the insurance is supposed to pay,” the Minister noted.

He however acknowledged the need for major improvement in sinage.

“I think there is potential to partner with the private sector in trying to improve the sinage in a number of areas,” Joseph told the Times.

He also addressed the issue of roadside barricades on routes with sharp turns to prevent vehicles running off the road and in some cases, plunging into the sea.

Joseph asserted that although finance is always an issue, there is need to look at a comprehensive programme of placing barriers along dangerous stretches of road.


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