Heavy equipment operators meeting with police and VROMI on Friday.
PHILIPSBURG–Representatives of the Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Ministry VROMI, Windward Roads, St. Maarten Concrete and Port St. Maarten met with representatives of the Police Traffic Department on Friday to discuss construction material being spilled by trucks when driving on public roads.
Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said topics also mentioned were other materials such as gravel, sand and concrete that are spilled on the streets during transportation and left as is, not being cleaned up.
These spills are mainly caused due to the overloading of the vehicles, which is illegal and sometimes causes traffic back-ups, leaving severe damage to the streets which finally leads to large financial consequences.
The police will be addressing this illegal act and controlling the drivers of these vehicles who must have the required drivers’ licences to operate them.
Another main issue brought up in the meeting was that heavy equipment operators are not allowed to use public roads from 6:30am to 8:30am and from 12:00pm to 2:30pm.
These measures also apply to all persons and businesses that operate this type of equipment. Not adhering to these rules and regulations can lead to fines ranging from NAf. 500 to NAf. 25,000 and can lead to the confiscation of equipment.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/63409-police-to-take-action-against-heavy-equipment-operators