Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has sounded a warning that the City Police will be enforcing the law against motorists who park on sidewalks in the capital.
Francis said in a statement Monday that he wants the illegal practice, especially involving trailers and heavy goods vehicles, to stop.
According to the Mayor, the practice damages the sidewalks as well as metal and concrete slabs and grills.
““It’s a burden and cost to the council as most times repairs need to be made to those sidewalks or metal grills,” Francis stated.
Francis also noted that the Castries Constituencies Council has faced lawsuits arising from persons who have sustained injuries due to damaged sidewalks.
He disclosed that sidewalk parking is a growing problem, with commercial vehicles climbing curbs to offload their goods.
“Parking on the sidewalk is prohibited and the habit not only obstructs pedestrians but is also against state law,” the Mayor declared.
“ I am hoping that drivers and the companies involved take note, however, the City Police Department will be enforcing the law as it pertains to vehicles that are parked on the sidewalk,” he said.