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Traffic cops do night duty to nab illegally parked vehicles

Published:Monday | April 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Lewis: We have found that there are people now parking in the night ... . We are going to extend our operations into the night now and remove them. - FILE

Seeking to stamp out the practice of persons parking derelict and other heavy-duty vehicles along sidewalks, the police traffic division says it will be taking its ongoing operations into the night in order to catch persons using the cloak of dark to continue their activities.

"We have found that there are people now parking in the night, driving goods truck with goods and carrying to location. We are going to extend our operations into the night now and remove them," head of the police traffic division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, told The Gleaner yesterday.

On top of that, Lewis said starting this week, his officers would be clamping down on persons who are caught with headlamps that are not white in colour as the law stipulates.

"The law says that the headlamps should be white in colour, but you have some headlamps now on both motor vehicles and bikes that are blinding and people are saying that they bought the vehicle same way. But if they are bought with that kind of light, when the cars arrive in Jamaica, you are supposed to change those bulbs to suit our condition," he said.

"What is going to happen now, these drivers are going to be charged and the vehicles kept for safe keeping to be examined by a certified motor-vehicle examiner. After the certificate of defect is issued, then the plates are going to be removed," Lewis said, adding that the defects will have to be remedied before the vehicle is returned.

Widespread complaints

On the issue of derelict vehicles, Lewis said that the police started their operation in the Corporate Area before taking it to Portmore in response to widespread complaints from persons.

"A lot of persons in the Corporate Area and Portmore know of the inconvenience that they have as it relates to these trucks, so it was a welcome move to them when I started the operation. They called morning, noon and night to complain. People actually gave the location where derelict vehicles are. I don't have to go anywhere to look for any derelict vehicles, I am being called straight at the office to say where they are," he said.

Lewis charged that trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles must only be parked on the inside or at a garage as they will not be tolerated on sidewalks.

He added that persons wishing to retrieve their vehicles should contact Lindo Haulage and Wrecking Company. He said a wrecker fee would have to be paid, but was unable to furnish the amount. Since the operation started, some 50 vehicles have been seized and some 38 persons prosecuted, according to Lewis.