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Truckers upset about suspension of Rio Minho mining

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The president of the All-island Truckers' Association, Leonard Green, says the impending suspension of mining in Rio Minho in Clarendon will seriously affect the haulage sector.

The Mines and Geology Unit in the Mining Ministry yesterday announced the impending suspension.

It also announced that there will be no approval of new applications for licences.

According to Ronald Edwards, the deputy commissioner of the mining and quarrying branch at the ministry, the suspension is in response to a severe shortage of river sand.

Edwards says the situation will worsen as the drought continues.

However, the Truckers' Association president says his members are disappointed because there was no consultation before the announcement of the suspension.

Green says the decision will have economic consequences for truckers.

He says his more than 100 members are now worried about their future.

A meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow with the quarry operators and other stakeholders to explain the suspension and the way forward.

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