The Police have on Tuesday announced that they would launch ‘Operation Clear the Roads’ on 26th July 2021.
They would implement the operation with the National Road Authority, Banjul City Council, Kanifing Municipal Council, Brikama Area Council and Physical Planning.
“The aim of this exercise is to ensure that all objects that obstruct the free flow of traffic most especially during rush hours are cleared,” according to a statement by the police.
The statement urged owners of wrongly parked vehicles, derelict vehicles, car tyres, vendors, stalls, building rubbles and other materials along the sides of the highways and roads, whether for private or commercial purposes and shops encroaching into the highways and roads to immediately remove them.
It added that vehicle owners who failed to comply would pay a fine; and shops found to have encroached into the road would be immediately removed.
“Consequently, the public is further informed that starting Monday 26th of July 2021 the police together with relevant partners will embark on the operation to clear the roads using towing vehicles to remove all vehicles wrongly parked along the roadsides. Vehicle owners who fail to remove their vehicles will attract fines to regain their vehicles.
“For shop owners on the highways, Physical planning in consultation with relevant authorities will verify boundaries and if they are found to have encroached into the road, they will be removed with immediate effect,” it stated.
The police urged all to comply in clearing the roads of all obstacles causing traffic obstructions in a bid to improve road safety and allow free flow of traffic; while soliciting the cooperation of the public, particularly vehicle and business owners.