Plan to restrict heavy-load vehicles gets mixed reaction among Antiguans

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Government’s Traffic Regulation Proposal Sparks Mixed Reactions Among Citizens

In Throne Speech, the government announced a proposed amendment to the traffic and truck regulations, aiming to restrict heavy-load vehicles to specific times on weekdays and enforce appropriate fees for road maintenance.

While this initiative has garnered attention, the public’s response seems to be a mixed bag of opinions.

One citizen expressed skepticism, stating, “Has something changed? To the best of my knowledge, this regulation was already on the books.”

This sentiment reflects a concern about the effectiveness of the proposed amendments and whether they truly bring something new to the table.

On the other hand, there is a faction that welcomes the news with relief.

“Thank you, it’s about time,” one citizen remarked. This sentiment suggests that some members of the public have been awaiting such regulations to address the disruptive presence of heavy trucks during peak hours.

However, a pressing question remains: “Will this rule be enforced?” This query highlights the public’s apprehension about the government’s ability to implement and monitor the proposed changes effectively.

Another citizen applauded the initiative with a fervent endorsement, saying, “I fully agree; it is high time some things be done. Big trucks making noise in the middle of rush hour with kids in your vehicle? Come on, let them carry the load between one to five, after that, they will have to wait for the next one pm again. Yes, let it be so. Amen Amen and thank you, please. I endorse this law in Jesus Mighty Name. I don’t care who owns it; you are not bigger than God.”

However, a concerned citizen raised issues beyond heavy-load vehicles’ time restrictions, bringing attention to other traffic concerns. “What about all the containers that travel on Dickenson Bay Street daily? Especially between 1:30 and 2 pm and never slow down when they are approaching the crosswalk near PMS. Something needs to be done about that too.”

Criticism was also directed at the government’s approach to the issue. One citizen argued, “If the roads were initially made wider to allow for separate lanes for such vehicles, then this would not have been a problem today.

Suggesting a time for such to travel on the roads is ‘utter garbage in the gutter.’ I can fathom the safety intended, but it can indirectly tamper with the bakery/ people’s bread and butter and customers. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Another citizen proposed an alternative solution, suggesting, “What would make sense is for PWD Roads Division to start fixing all the side roads so that the main roads are not backed up with traffic. This will never come into effect.”

The government’s proposed amendments to traffic regulations have elicited a diverse range of reactions from the public. While some welcome the changes with open arms, others question the necessity and practicality of the proposed measures, emphasizing the need for effective enforcement and comprehensive solutions to address broader traffic issues.

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