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Towing services engaged to assist disabled vehicles along Mandela Highway

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Traffic pile-up on the Mandela Highway between Ferry in St Catherine and Six Miles, St Andrew, is now a nightmare to thousand of motorists.

The National Works Agency (NWA) has engaged the services of a tow truck company in an effort to ease the frequent, severe traffic congestion on the Mandela Highway between Ferry in St Catherine and Six Miles, St Andrew.

According to the NWA, the service has become necessary in light of the frequent occurrences of vehicles becoming disabled along the roadway, contributing to the delays.

Manager of communication and customer services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says that the tow service is only being used to remove the broken-down vehicles that are impeding traffic. He said the owner of those motor vehicles would be responsible for removing the vehicle to any other location after it is removed from the roadway.

According to Shaw, checks with the police have revealed that vehicles ran out of fuel in the majority of cases where they become immobile on the corridor. He advised motorists to ensure that they have adequate fuel to complete their journey.

He also reminded motorists that Mandela Highway was still a construction zone and as such, the speed limit is forty kilometres per hour. Shaw has asked vehicle operators to observe the speed limit and to obey the instructions of posted warning signs and flag persons.