ABUSE OF THE NORTH COAST HIGHWAY
THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is an open letter to Minister Azan.
I live near Oracabessa (St Mary) next to the North Coast Highway. I have two concerns which I know are shared by many others concerning the abuse of that roadway.
1 Overloaded trucks: The very-many trucks carrying aggregate from the quarry at Agualta Vale are not only too large, but are invariably overloaded. Does the ministry have regulations on the maximum size of trucks that should be imported? What is supposed to be the maximum axle weight allowed on the loaded trucks?
I know that from time to time, a scale is used by the Transport (or Traffic) Authority in the Port Maria Area, but it is very infrequent. On Tuesday, someone suggested to me that the checking could and should be done at the quarry, where I believe they already weigh the trucks for billing purposes. Can the ministry not have a presence at the quarry, imposing strict guidelines on maximum axle weights?
We fear that the road may all too soon become like that leading to the Yallahs quarries in St Thomas. And it will surely be 30-odd years before the next major rehabilitation.
2. Engine-brake noise: I have written before about this with no response. Throughout the day and often late into the evening, these same large trucks travel through residential districts, making noise with horns and engine brakes, which must surely exceed regulations. It must be very hard for children especially to get to sleep at appropriate hours with such a nuisance.
Is there any way that the use of engine brake, and horn, can be banned after, say, 7 p.m. each evening and on Sundays? And can the maximum loudness of both be regulated and/or controlled?