JIS News

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) yesterday (April 13) moved a resolution to revisit the parking regulations in sections of downtown Kingston to allow for permits to be granted to businesses within the business district to load and unload merchandise during the work week.
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie made the announcement at the monthly press briefing at the KSAC’s Church Street offices. Each business will be granted permits valid for a year at a cost of $50,000. A maximum of three permits will be granted to each business address and will only be applicable to the vicinity of the location indicated on the permit. For example, a business with a permit to unload on King Street would not be able to use the permit on Duke Street. The KSAC will provide and validate the permit, which must be displayed on the windscreen of delivery vehicles at all times during the delivery period.
“A long standing matter that the Council has had to deal with came from the business people in downtown Kingston who complained bitterly about the wrecking system and tow-away trucks, that it had some grave effects on the delivery of goods,” Councillor McKenzie explained.
Trucks and trailers exceeding six metres or 20 feet in length will only be allowed to deliver and receive goods between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays and any time on Saturdays. Cars, commercial vehicles and trucks less than six metres in length will be allowed to deliver and receive goods both in designated parking and no parking areas for a maximum of 30 minutes.
On another matter, as a part of international security plans, the KSAC has granted the United Nations Seabed Authority’s request to designate the southern side of Port Royal Street between Duke and Church Streets as no parking zones. In addition, the Bank of Jamaica, for security reasons, will be allowed to close off the lower section of East Street by Nethersole Place, to the public. The bank will also be permitted to place control and monitoring devices at the southerly section of Duke Street and Nethersole Place. In other zoning activities, both sides of Law Street will be designated as no parking areas. The public will be advised by way of newspaper notifications.

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