Police warn heavy equipment operators about breaking law

PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force sent out a warning to all operators/owners of heavy equipment about using public roads during the hours when this is not allowed to. The hours known as the “peak hours,” during which heavy equipment is not allowed to use the public roads, are daily, not including holidays and weekends, from 6:30 to 8:30am and 12:00 to 2:30pm.

Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said on Thursday that in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria a lot of heavy equipment was used in the clean-up of the island. Heavy equipment operators/owners have been making use of the public roads 24 hours a day under this extraordinary condition.

“It has been five months since the passing of the Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and even though the debris and garbage collection on the island is still ongoing, the police department will go back to enforcing the laws.

“For that reason, as of Monday February 19, 2018, the police department has instructed its officers to start controlling and removing heavy equipment. … These measures are in accordance with article 60-A of the Traffic Ordinance of the Windward Island. (Artikel 60-A Wegenverkeersverordening Bovenwindse Eilanden),” said Henson.

Heavy equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles specially designed for executing construction tasks, most frequently ones involving earthwork operations, also known as heavy machines, heavy trucks, construction engineering equipment, heavy vehicles, or heavy hydraulics.

All heavy equipment operators/owners are urged to take good note of this information and take all necessary precautions to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73727-police-warn-heavy-equipment-operators-about-breaking-law