The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) last week resumed a campaign to remove derelict vehicles, hauling away nine abandoned cars from the City.
The initiative is being supported by the police.
SLSWMA intends to embark on the activity monthly to remove the derelict vehicles from various locations, Communications and Information Manager, Emlyn Jean, told St Lucia Times.
Jean explained that the priority is removing vehicles that hamper the access of emergency responders.
“One of those that we did was the Hospital Road area because of the access required for the movement of emergency vehicles to Victoria Hospital,” the SLSWMA official explained.
“We are looking at schools – locations where derelict vehicles are very close to schools and on major roads,” she said.
Jean disclosed that this year’s removal exercise started on Friday with the removal of nine derelict vehicles.
But she said the campaign will continue on a monthly basis.
Jean told St Lucia Times despite the removal exercise, the Authority is advising owners of derelict vehicles that they have the responsibility to get rid of the vehicles.
She said the owners have to ensure that public and private spaces are kept clear.
Jean said the campaign started late last year and resulted in the removal of a number of vehicles from various locations.
She told St Lucia Times and removal notices have been placed on some vehicles.
The notices read: This vehicle has been found to be derelict and the keeping of it in this location contravenes Section 38 of the Waste Management Act of 2004. You are hereby given seven (7) days to remove or dispose of the said vehicle at an approved landfill or it will be towed and disposed of at your expense.”