Prior to Grand Parade Day (1st January 2011), The Traffic Department issued a number of advisories concerning the route which the parade was to follow and precautionary measures which were implemented, one being that vehicles were not allowed to park along the route, as this may have impeded the flow of the parade.
Notwithstanding, however, a Traffic press release informs that, “During the Carnival Day Parade on January 1st 2010, the Traffic Department had six vehicles which were illegally parked on the parade route, towed away and impounded. The offending vehicles were parked on West Square Street, Bay Road outside the Post Office and Liverpool Row. These vehicles were parked in a manner calculated to impede the free passage of the Carnival Parade hence the decision to have them removed.”
It further informed that, “Other vehicles which were also illegally parked were quickly removed by the owners once the towing process had begun.”
In an exclusive interview between MiyVue.com and Head of the Traffic Department, Inspector Cromwell Henry, it was revealed that the persons whose vehicles were towed were responsible to footing the $150 tow bill and would not have regained possession of their vehicles if that bill were not paid.
He informed that by 9:00 pm that evening, all had paid the fine and regained possession of their vehicles.
The Inspector also informed that on that occasion, the penalties for those violations were waived, however, the Department will not be as lenient if these violations are repeated by members of the public during the 3rd January 2011 Last Lap festivities.
“The traffic Department wishes again to remind the public of the route to be used by the troupes for last lap on January 3rd, and appeal to drivers to refrain from driving or parking on the route between 12 pm and 9 pm. Persons parked in the restricted areas run the risk of having their vehicles removed.
The restricted streets are:
West Square Street
Cayon Street between College Street and West Square Street
Bay Road between Adlam Street and College Street
Lr. College Street
The full cooperation of all is solicited.
The Traffic Department takes this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and productive 2011.”