Loggers not responsible for highway accidents- FPA

The Forest Producers Association is rejecting the assertion that loggers and logging trucks are responsible for accidents on the Highway.

According to President of the FPA, Deonarine Ramsaroop in a telephone interview with Daily News, the reason for the accidents are due to reckless driving by persons not associated to the industry also persons would drink and drive above the limit.

He also noted that the road is in desperate need of repairs. The current state at times result in severe damages to trucks and other vehicles traversing same.

The official noted that no one from Government or Forestry made any contact with the FPA to discuss the issue of accidents, there was a meeting in Linden to discuss the issue but the association was not invited, Deonarine said.

Recently, the Guyana Forestry Commission placed a curfew on all trucks that transport logs and lumber traversing the roadways.

A meeting was held in Linden with several high level officials of the Government to address the issue, however, at that meeting, without the input of the FPA, a decision was passed to have restrictions on loggers after certain hours.

As suggestion was then made by Minister within the Ministry of Communities to have decisions makers present at the next meeting to discuss the issue.

The FPA is calling on the Government to have their body represented at the meetings as the issue would affect them directly.

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