The Environment Ministry, in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Management and the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, has embarked on a National Derelict Vehicle Removal Campaign.
This Campaign seeks to remove over 500 derelict vehicles across the Island from June 30th to December 31st 2020.
Derelict vehicle refers to:
- any abandoned or discarded motor vehicle; or
- any motor vehicle stored or kept in a public place and which is in such a dilapidated condition that it cannot be safely used for the purpose of transportation.
The department says derelict vehicles are known to pose serious threats to the environment and human health. They serve as breeding grounds for vermin and other vectors and can lead to an increase in illnesses such as zika, dengue and chikungunya.
These vehicles also contribute to flooding and landslides during hurricanes by blocking drains and roadways, which can result in loss of lives and property.
The removal of derelicts will be done on a phased basis: at public roads, at public places and in communities