Police pull bikes out of Crop Over motorcade
It was one of the many activities scheduled for the inaugural Republic Bank City Fest and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes yesterday in Bridgetown and would have signaled the start of the Back to the Future of Folk concert.
But the Into the Future Motorcade from Lower Broad Street to Heroes Square, which featured bikers from the Black Knight Riders Club went off without the bikes.
As the group made its way along Milk Market Road, escorted by police, one senior officer questioned why they started in front the General Post Office and not in the region of Lower Broad Street.
“When we met at the NCF and spoke to you, this was not what we agreed upon,” the senior police official was overheard saying.
As they bikers lined up to start the procession, officers checked to make sure that they were in compliance with the Road Traffic Laws, and one by one they were asked to remove their vehicles from the parade.
“Look at that. Where is your number plate? It is not visible. This is not in the line with the law. Take this vehicle out of the parade. Do it now! We had this discussion at the NCF when we met and you were told that you had to comply with the road traffic laws or you would not be allowed to take part,” the lawmen instructed.
This left only the trucks, prepared by Freeks Customs for platinum sponsor MQI, in the parade.
Questioned by one of the bikers why the trucks were allowed to proceed and not them, the police man responded, “those trucks are in there because the garage complied with the law. They would have put in the request weeks ago for use of their limited trade plate (also known as garage plates) outside of the usual time. They wrote us from early and they got permission.”
“This is not the first time we have had to speak to you guys about this. This is the second time that we have spoken to you about you license plates and so on and you haven’t complied. Ya’ll would spend nuff money on making these vehicles look good but you’re refusing to comply with the law. If someone had an accident now, you can’t see your number plates; some of you doan even have the plates. I’m not standing for that,” he said.
Asked to comment on the matter, a representative of the group said they had nothing to say.