With the expected influx in goods coming into the country at this time of the year, Traffic Chief Neil Semple is appealing to businesses not to encumber the roadways with containers for long periods.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, Semple said that, while the Police Traffic Department is cognizant of the fact that business persons have their work to do, they also have an obligation to ensure the speedy discharge of their containers.
Motorists have been complaining about the lack of police action with regards to the wanton disregard by businesses whose owners sometimes park containers on the roadways for as long as a week, thereby obstructing the view of oncoming traffic and contributing to congestion in the city.
“We would expect that they remove their containers as soon as possible. Given the length of time some of these containers are parked on the road, it will certainly pose a visibility problem,” the Traffic Chief told Kaieteur News. He said that his department has been talking to business owners to alleviate the situation.
“I can’t see a man taking more than three days to offload a container,” Semple stated. The police have held discussions with the private sector to address the problem.
Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Captain Gerry Gouveia, is of the view that the police should move against businesses where containers are parked outside their premises for more than three days.
“I think that the police should remove the containers after three days,” Gouveia said.
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