Trucks May Be Banned From Future Parades

The scene of the incident on Friday morning.

The scene of the incident on Friday morning.

By Morgan Adderley

Tribune Staff Reporter


LABOUR leaders are discussing removing flatbeds and trucks from future Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day parades in light of last week’s tragedy, Labour Minister Dion Folks said yesterday.

When asked by reporters about the request by union leaders to remove vehicles from future parades, Mr Foulkes said he has spoken with union presidents and the family of Sir Randol on the matter.

He added the type of music played at the parade is also under consideration.

“I have spoken to both the president of the TUC (Trade Union Congress) and the NCTUB (National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas),” Mr Foulkes said.

“I have also (had) communication with the Fawkes family through Ms Rosalie Fawkes, who represents (them). We are reviewing the whole process and the content of the parade. As a result of the tragedy that occurred on Friday, the union leaders and executives and indeed the entire nation, we’re very concerned about how the parade has been transformed into what it is today.

“And there is a strong feeling among the labour leaders that maybe we need to go back to how it was in the past, with not so many big flatbeds and trucks and the type of music.

“But that is something that they will have to decide. It is their parade and I respect that. The Fawkes family is playing a major role in terms of advising us in terms of what to do. And of course I will consult my colleagues to get their views also.”

The annual Labour Day Parade turned to tragedy when a truck struck a crowd of people Friday morning, leaving four women dead and more than two dozen people injured. Police said the incident happened shortly after the driver exited the truck leaving four passengers inside.


Sickened 1 year, 5 months ago

Jokes! They should consider banning swimming after someone drowns or cars after a car accident.


stoner 1 year, 5 months ago

If the driver stayed in his Truck/flatbed, there wold be no accident.I assume the truck rolled after the driver left the vehicle unattended..


bogart 1 year, 5 months ago

AGREED all parades!!....there goes Carnival music trucks, Beauty pagent parades, political party parades, any welcoming home athletic champion parades....


sheeprunner12 1 year, 5 months ago

Accidents happen .......... No need to over-react.

More importantly, all of the unlicensed, unregistered, malfunctioning, vehicles being driven by unlicensed and/or impaired drivers are a MUCH bigger menace and cost to the public.


joeblow 1 year, 5 months ago

These moronic knee jerk reactions accomplish nothing and reflect how much the decision making process reflects that of our northern neighbors.

Was alcohol or marijuana in the system of the truck driver that might have affected his judgment? Were there other factors at play?

Address the underlying issues first people.


TalRussell 1 year, 5 months ago

Talk has a note was found under rock way back bushes Mount Moriah with "SOS" sign that had spelled out "HELP" I've been sidelined by PMO, signed comrade minister peoples security, Marvin.


ohdrap4 1 year, 5 months ago

trucks don't kill people people kill people


Gotoutintime 1 year, 5 months ago

Come on guys---It's not the trucks, it's the truck drivers!!


bogart 1 year, 5 months ago

Say it aint so, but a majority of vehicle owners seem to go to the many backyard bush mechanics using the apparently cheapest resused replacement parts in plain sight of the authorities who seem not to certify them in terms of operating legitimate businesses. Say it aint so that when yinna fix yinna vehicle for one problen dat soon after or within reasonable time someting else go wrong dat yinna has to find yerself back dere to fix another prpblem...?


Dawes 1 year, 5 months ago

Or a better idea is make sure those who do drive in these parades follow the law, know how to drive, make sure they don't drink, get out the vehicle etc etc. But no we shall do the normal knee jerk reaction (well actually we shall say we will, whilst in 10 years nothing will have changed).


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