Mayor’s plan to clamp vehicles criticised

A plan by Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, to place clamps on vehicles that are illegally parked in the capital has been criticized by the former President of the National Taxi Union (NTU), Lucien Joseph.

He believes Francis should re-think the plan.

Joseph, currently the President of Holiday Taxi Cooperative Society Limited, told the Times that the Mayor should first ensure that there is a place for all the mini buses that are parked all over Castries.

“We don’t have enough areas to park vehicles, apart from the Castries car park,” he said, adding that practically half of the capital has been taken over by the mini bus sector.

Joseph asserted that if there is one area reserved for the buses, it can be transformed into a place where tenants can operate restaurants and other businesses thus providing revenue for the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC).

He declared that if the Mayor is looking to make money, that is the way to go.

“I do not believe that going to clamp things on people’s tyres  and things like that will go down well, because this country has too many problems now for people to go and look for more. What we need now is solutions, not for others to try to impose their weight on poor people,” the former NTU President stated.

He said:

“In essence what they will try to do next is when you come into town you will have to park by the Vigie playing field and  get a bus to Castries. That is the next thing I am listening to hear.”

Last week,  the Mayor of Castries announced the plan to clamp illegally parked vehicles when he addressed a cocktail party, a  50th anniversary event of the CCC.

In addition to the clamps, Francis said there will be  parking meters in the City within three months.


In addition to the clamps, Francis said there will be  parking meters in the City within three months.


  1. R
    January 30, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Joseph, shut your pie hole!

  2. TC
    January 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

    y tell the man shut his eye.. but he is talking the truth. you want to clamp down on vehicles parked in town, u first must ensure there are sufficient places for ppl to park and not only that, proper peg spots for bus drivers cause they also will be clamped down.

  3. Sharon terrell
    January 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Okay Mr.Joseph you are right.We cannot put the cart before the horse.We do need parking lots for this plan to work.Put parking lots let the people pay to park this will bring in revenue for the city charge them at a fair rate, when they park illegally then you clamp their vehicles, and make sure you have no parking or illegal parking signs.Everyone should be satisfied.

  4. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Sensible. But does not give you the right to park illegally and cause problems for other motorists.

  5. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Joseph why are you evn airing your views

  6. Fireman
    January 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Mr Joseph right

  7. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    More parking please you can hardly get a place to park in Castries Sometimes even the car park hardly have space. Is now there will have problems and is now Street vibes will be an hour’s program

  8. Smit
    January 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    An easy fix – reduce the amount of busses on the road. There are too many buses with dangerious drivers and many of these drivers have no respect for the rules of the road far less their ability to park logically in Castries!

  9. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I totally agree with Mr. Joseph. The country has enough problems to deal with and to go about looking for more. Almost everywhere you pass in Castries there are double yellow lines. A private vehicle owner can barely find a parking spot in the city if he or she comes to do business. Almost every street have a reserved parking or a double yellow line from One stretch to the next.
    Proper measures need to be in place and then action(s) can be taken against perpetrators.
    So Mr. Francis, I say to you : put your house in order first and I will back you up 100%.

  10. Anonymous
    January 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Some are for , and some are against
    Where is the sollution.
    Some people like easy going any time a change come for the country some are for and some are against. UWP are for SLP are against passengers are for. Drivers are against
    The police are for the public are against
    Can saint LUCIA ever go forward.

    1. Anonymous
      January 31, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Was just wondering that myself.