People who attempt to sell vehicles or boats by illegally parking them on the side of the road will face towing and stiff penalties in the near future.
Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said that in response to complaints made to the Ministry of Planning and to the Planning Department, a new initiative to curb the practice is now being developed.
‘The National Roads Authority and the Planning Department are working together on the details of this initiative, but I can forewarn people that there will be stiff penalties faced by those who try to sell their cars in this way,’ Mr. Tibbetts said. ‘It would be in the best interest of the public to remove their cars from these areas to avoid these fines when they are instated.’
The practice of selling cars by parking them on the side of the road with for-sale signs is nothing new in Cayman. Previous crackdowns on the practice were announced over the past five years. But people are doing it again, in larger numbers.
‘Truthfully, we’ve seen the proliferation grow to where it is almost unbearable,’ he said.
‘If left alone, I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
There are several locations where people are attempting to sell their cars by the roadside, but two main ones are on West Bay Road across from Treasure Island and on Shamrock Road, near the roundabout by King’s Sports Centre.
Mr. Tibbetts said the problem with the practice went beyond aesthetics.
‘Besides being an eyesore, it creates a certain level of danger and that’s the concern,’ he said.
Mr. Tibbetts said the Government wanted to make sure the coming legislation ‘has the teeth to enforce’ the policy.
There is no exact timeline on the new law, he said.
‘I can say it will happen and it will happen soon.’
Although Mr. Tibbetts could not say how the enforcement measures would be carried out at this stage, he did say the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service would have to be involved.