There is a zero-tolerance approach for truckers who do not follow the necessary safety measures as imposed by the festivals commission.
The warning came from Festival and Culture Minister E P Chet Greene after Saturday’s T-shirt mas’.
He says, “I want to employ all stakeholders especially those who have activities on the road that they would refer to the safety manual we created and directed by the festivals commission and that they, before the next street parade or street session become compliant.”
He is warning that there will be a “zero-tolerance approach towards this issue, we cannot be promoting safe in the sound bites, but in truth and in-fact on the street we don’t have it enforced.”
The minister is urging carnival organisers and players to ensure that all safety measures are being utilised when trucks are on the road during the different street parades.
“To those who are charged with monitoring and policing the safety issues on the roads to ensure that we have total compliance. The rules are simple, truckers in the parade either have their wheels covered or have six inches built beyond the width of the truck so that persons don’t get entangle or in contact with the wheel.”
The 60th celebrations of carnival in Antigua got on the way on Friday.
Over the years, there have been several cases of speakers falling on people or people falling under the wheels of trucks.
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