Monday, April 15, 2024

Mayor weighs in on complaints about traffic department


The new administration at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) created a traffic board intending to monitor the number of vehicles in town and is one of the entities approving permits for owning a golf cart/vehicle. Recently, a handful of residents have complained about the traffic department’s process when applying for a vehicle permit. Some islanders are suspicious about the department; as a result, the SPTC said they would investigate the issue and assure that anyone with a clear justification needing a vehicle should not face many difficulties in getting such a permit.

Mayor Gualberto ‘Wally’ Nuñez

Mayor Gualberto’ Wally’ Nuñez said there is a need to control the number of vehicles on the island to combat traffic congestion and the overpopulation of vehicles. While a list of people recently denied permits to own a golf cart exists, the Mayor was unaware of reports that some were asked to meet privately with the chairman of the traffic board to remedy the situation. Nuñez said he would look deeply into the complaints. He disregarded the suspicions that any questionable activity could occur because not only does the traffic board approve permits. “It goes through the traffic board; whatever it is approved there, it has to be signed by myself as well,” said Nuñez.

The Mayor explained the process of getting permits for a vehicle/golf cart. According to him, a permit should first be applied for before purchasing or obtaining a vehicle from another person. He pointed out that this has been an issue at the town council because people buy vehicles before getting the permit to own them. The other step to getting the permit is to have a reasonable reason for why the vehicle is needed. Persons who already own a vehicle or a motorcycle may not be approved.

Justifying the need for a vehicle

Nuñez said that once a permit is denied, it can be appealed at no charge. If a new application is required, then a fee is charged. “If anyone requires a golf cart, and he or she lives far up north or down south like DFC, it will be difficult for the board to just tell you, no,” said Nuñez. The application letter that is usually submitted when applying for the permit should include all valid reasons for a golf cart. With all that information, Nuñez reiterated that the board should honor the application.

He encouraged residents to visit the SPTC for any inquiries as his administration is there to serve. Nuñez reiterated that his team is here to work with the people but asks the community to collaborate and understand that traffic congestion on the island is an ongoing problem, thus the need to control the number of vehicles on the streets.

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