Oral Answers to Questions
Tuesday, May 02, 2000
Queen’s Park Savannah (Parking Permits)
Sen. Prof. Julian Kenny asked the Minister of National Security:
Could the honourable Minister inform the Senate of the actual number of written permits issued by the Commissioner of Police for driving and parking within the boundaries of the Queen’s Park Savannah during the period Saturday March 04, 2000 to Tuesday March 07, 2000 as required under the Queen’s Park (Amendment) Regulations, 1977, Chap 42 No.6;
Could the honourable Minister also inform the Senate of the actual number of charges laid under these regulations during the period mentioned in (A)?
The Minister of National Security (Sen. Brig. The Hon. Joseph Theodore): Mr. President, I am advised that no written permits were granted by the Commissioner of Police for driving or parking within the boundaries of the Queen’s Park Savannah during the period March 04—07, 2000.
Furthermore, no charges were laid against persons driving or parking in the Queen’s Park Savannah during the period under review.
Sen. Prof. Kenny: A supplemental question. Mr. President, does this mean that the Regulations regarding driving and parking in the savannah are being ignored?
Sen. Brig. The Hon. J. Theodore: No, Mr. President, the Regulations are not being ignored because traditionally, the police service has not enforced the restrictions to parking or driving in the Queen’s Park Savannah during the carnival season.
The national festival attracts large groups of both citizens and visitors who patronize the many pre-carnival shows held at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah and who also witness the parade of bands on both carnival days at the same venue. During the carnival season, the police service issues several traffic notices containing orders aimed at regulating the use of the roads and restricted parking on the roadway. As a consequence, no action is taken against masqueraders or spectators who drive or park in the Queen’s Park Savannah during carnival time.
Sen. Prof. Kenny: Mr. President, another supplemental question. Outside of the carnival celebrations, for example, now; is driving and parking permitted on the savannah?