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ITA pleased with weight compliance

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Two months after rolling out its Vehicle Weight En
forcement Programme, the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) is expressing satisfaction with the level of compliance.

Speaking on Thursday at a JIS Think Tank, director of the ITA, Paul Clemetson, singled out the Caribbean Cement Company as one entity that has given its full backing to the initiative.

"Caribbean Cement has demonstrated voluntary compliance to the nth degree and we would want to regard them as our ally. What we have observed is that Carib Cement, as a leader in the process, ensures that no vehicle is laden with weight in excess of their legal limit," he noted.

Colossal damage

He appealed to other companies to support the initiative, in order to prevent the colossal damage that is being meted out to the island's roads. The legal consequences of opting not to do so could prove very expensive, he said.

He disclosed that, starting May, the ITA will be substituting the soft approach adopted in the first three months of the campaign for tougher measures.

Despite the cooperation of most entities and truckers, the ITA head pointed out that since the operation began in December, some team members have been subjected to abuse from truck drivers, who continue to carry loads exceeding stipulated weight limits.