The Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) yesterday announced that it will be taking the necessary steps to enforce the bylaws which will force truck operators and other shuttles to have their loads properly
This came in wake of the recent clean-up exercises across the city where large amounts of sand have been cleared from drains and along parapets and sidewalks.
Yesterday, two skip-bins were seen in the city ward of Charlestown, filled with refuse. Its composition was made up of a high percentage of sand, believed to have come from the many uncovered trucks that ply the routes where the clean-up exercises are taking place.
This observation caused some unease among passersby, and concerned residents pointed fingers at the relevant authorities for the “poor attempts” at ensuring that loads are properly covered while the sand trucks are traversing the roadways.
When contacted yesterday, M&CC’s Public Relations Officer, Debra Lewis, said that under the Municipal and Districts Act 28:01 Section 279 (a), “No person shall operate, drive or move any vehicle on a Council’s road unless it is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping.”
Lewis continued that the Council is addressing the matter and with the aid of the newly implemented Traffic Department at City Hall, there will be better inspection of vehicles to ensure that these regulations are kept.
Uncovered sand trucks result in debris, amounting to thousands of tons over time, being inadvertently deposited on the road and ending up in drains.
This is one of the major hindrances to effective drainage in and around the city.
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