Saint Lucia’s National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT), has responded to concerns expressed Monday by Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, over illegal parking on City sidewalks.
Francis declared in a statement that City Police would be cracking down on the practice which damages the sidewalks and obstructs pedestrians.
The Mayor explained that the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) has been slapped with lawsuits from persons who have been injured as a result of damaged sidewalks.
NCOPT President, Godfrey Ferdinand, told St Lucia Times that he does not support persons parking on sidewalks.
However Ferdinand asserted that when traffic laws are implemented, alternatives should be provided for motorists.
“We have a lot of vehicles in the City and there are no alternatives and it seems that we are still abiding by the same old regulations and the Traffic Act that we’ve been using for donkey years,” the NCOPT President told St Lucia Times.
“We need to review it, and after review do some enforcement of the law,” Ferdinand explained.
He asserted that there’s need to examine the issue of parking in the City and comprehensive road networking.
Ferdinand also expressed the view that there’s need for more laybys.
He said he was ‘taken aback’ by the situation where road barriers were erected at Faux a Chaud.
While acknowledging that the initiative was good in terms of the safety of road users, the NCOPT President told St Lucia Times that no consideration was given to pedestrians or to vehicles which may experience breakdowns.
“If a vehicle breaks down it will just have to stay on the side of the road,” Ferdinand observed.
He expressed the view that there should be shoulders or emergency stopping lanes where motorists can pull over in the event of breakdowns to avoid traffic jams.