Plans are afoot to re-implement a key part of the territory’s 19-year-old Derelict Vehicle (Disposal) Act.
General Manager for the Department of Waste Management Greg Massicotte said is because authorities have been experiencing considerable challenges with derelicts since the 2017 hurricanes.
The department wants to re-implement a clause about a ‘disposal fee’.
“There is a disposal fee that is part of the Act which, for one reason or the other, was removed before my time. But, we are working with the Ministry of Health to implement it in short order,” Massicotte said.
He continued: “It is supposed to be paid at the time of licensing the vehicle. It is a one-time payment which is dependent on the weight and the size of your vehicle,” he explained.
The waste management boss said, if reintroduced, the funds currently being channelled towards ridding the territory of these derelicts could help subsidise the cost of the department’s major disposal programme.
Roughly 3,000 derelicts removed since hurricanes
He said his department has towed between 2,500 to 3,000 derelict vehicles to the temporary derelict dump at Pockwood Pond since the hurricanes.
“The majority of it (derelict vehicles) was what was collected after hurricanes Irma and Maria, and then a large portion was derelicts that were either collected or tagged pre-Irma. But, we still have a lot of derelicts on the streets that we have tagging and collecting; so that process is nonstop,”
“It is a cost to the department,” he added. “Every derelict that a private wrecker takes, the department pays $80 to have it removed from the area to the derelict vehicle site.”
Massicotte, however, noted that two wreckers that the department received in the recent past “have helped to curb expenditure significantly”.
Shipments out of the BVI
In the meantime,
“In October there were two 5,000-tonne barges collecting metals and derelict vehicles from the derelict vehicle site in Pockwood Pond. And recently, there was a 2,000-tonne barge that also removed some scrap metals from both sites,” he said.
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