Freight trucks ignore transportation mandate to stay off the Malecon

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Despite an order to use the Santo Domingo bypass, large freight trucks continue to circulate on the sea-bordering Malecón, for many the shortest way to cross the city of Santo Domingo from west to east, as reported in Diario Libre.

The noise of powerful engines, danger, thunderous horns, smoke and heavy loads have gradually returned to George Washington Avenue, the Malecón, despite the prohibition contained in ordinance 2-2017 that regulates the transit of heavy vehicles on that road.

Although heavy vehicles were prohibited from transiting after Máximo Gómez Avenue, in a west-east direction, many are those who violate that provision and circulate the entire route, especially trucks loaded with materials for construction such as those extracted from the rivers of the southern region.

Diario Libre observed for half an hour that very few trucks took the left turn to...

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Many years ago Ronnie at Ronnie's Beach Club used to say these are 30 day laws. He was right.

Can you imagine if the Digesett had the same knowledge of laws like police do in developed countries where you can get stopped for any infraction?

Although I did get popped for no seat belt in Cabarete Sunday.

Then again, there were motorcyclists without helmets everywhere so maybe it was seatbelt day.
 
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Yes, Digesett once again prove themselves useless. A lot could be collected in fines if they just stopped the trucks for a week or so. If they kept doing this the trucks might finally be eradicated.
 
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The truck industry seems unregulated here.
Some of the trucks are so over loaded that the rear axles become bent and they wobble down the road.
Not an expert on roads but these monstrous over loaded vehicles almost certainly heavily damage the roads.
All part of the government ignoring what happens on the highways
 
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One thing to remember is there are trucking supported businesses on the Malecon.
As an example, my company has a warehouse which receives consolidation trailers twice a week. The shipments are broken down, and our 4 straight trucks pick up the freight for delivery. They also pick up freight and deliver it to the warehouse daily.
Also, the Ferries del Caribe moves a lot of cargo, most of which is in trailers, and there are some container ships that unload at the same dock. The only way to get to them is via the Malecon.
Because of this, we have permits to drive on the Malecon, and we're not the only ones.
Second, unless it's "Stop trucks" day, the Digesett guys don't stop them. Another 30 day law.
 
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One thing to remember is there are trucking supported businesses on the Malecon.
As an example, my company has a warehouse which receives consolidation trailers twice a week. The shipments are broken down, and our 4 straight trucks pick up the freight for delivery. They also pick up freight and deliver it to the warehouse daily.
Also, the Ferries del Caribe moves a lot of cargo, most of which is in trailers, and there are some container ships that unload at the same dock. The only way to get to them is via the Malecon.
Because of this, we have permits to drive on the Malecon, and we're not the only ones.
Second, unless it's "Stop trucks" day, the Digesett guys don't stop them. Another 30 day law.
Freight transportation unions rule with an iron fist.
There is very little that can be done about it and I
dare say this falls into that category. The laws aren't
worth the paper they're written on to those unions,
 
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I worry more about crossing the street than I do trucks. I like to power walk on the ocean side. People look at me now like I am crazy for crossing the street mid- day.
 

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I worry more about crossing the street than I do trucks. I like to power walk on the ocean side. People look at me now like I am crazy for crossing the street mid- day.

It's been awhile, but I've done that too when I ventured down there. You pick your spots and cross. Not a biggie.
 

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It's been awhile, but I've done that too when I ventured down there. You pick your spots and cross. Not a biggie.
my man, after covid it is a biggie. The pedestrian bridge near the terminal is it. Then you have miles of Russian roulette. Sometimes there is a Officer that stops traffic. I walk it or ride my bike on it 4 to 5 times a week.
 
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I run or ride my bicycle on the Malecon regularly. The trucks make it uninhabitable, really. Which is such a shame because of all the money the government has thrown into making the Malecon a nice place for pedestrians! The stretch west of Maximo Gomez would be especially lovely if it wasn't for the noise and air pollution from the heavy trucks and unmuffled motos. Digisett is missing a huge money maker here - and one that's so easy! Either the trucker has the permiso to make a delivery on the Malecon, or he doesn't!
 
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They have been trying to prevent trucks from using the Malecón for years and it never works. There is a reason why on parts of the Malecón they had to put physical barriers on top of the diving line in the center to prevent vehicles from going into the opposite traffic lane. The same must be done with the truck prohibition if it will ever succeed.

They need to put a couple of these signs nesr the river and near the Haina port.
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Then maybe three or four of these spaced at equal intervals in the Malecón between the entries on both sides mentioned above.
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Make them lower than the heights of most trucks. That's the only way trucks will avoid the Malecón. Putting signs on the sidewalk saying trucks are prohibited simply doesn't work.

A trucks tow truck should be bought if there are none, because everyone knows a few dufus will ram their trucks against this at first.
 
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They have been trying to prevent trucks from using the Malecón for years and it never works. There is a reason why on parts of the Malecón they had to put physical barriers on top of the diving line in the center to prevent vehicles from going into the opposite traffic lane. The same must be done with the truck prohibition if it will ever succeed.

They need to put a couple of these signs nesr the river and near the Haina port.
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Then maybe three or four of these spaced at equal intervals in the Malecón between the entries on both sides mentioned above.
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Make them lower than the heights of most trucks. That's the only way trucks will avoid the Malecón. Putting sides on the sidewalk saying trucks are prohibited simply doesn't work.

A trucks tow truck should be bought if there are none, because everyone knows a few dufus will ram their trucks against this at first.
I doubt the unions will allow it.
 
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That road doesn't belong to unions, but the government. The governmrnt can do whatever it wants to it without consulting any union. Whether they decide to make it entirely pedestrian or one way or add speed bumps, change the asphalt for stones, etc. They are the sole owners of that and most roads.
 

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That road doesn't belong to unions, but the government. The governmrnt can do whatever it wants to it without consulting any union. Whether they decide to make it entirely pedestrian or one way or add speed bumps, change the asphalt for stones, etc. They are the sole owners of that and most roads.
I theory absolutely.
In practice it's a different story.
 
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I theory absolutely.
In practice it's a different story.
Not if it goes to the Supreme Court. It will be a case of a union against the government. It doesn't help the government has never lost a court case.
 
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