Roadside grass cutting

Pritesh Nand,Muaniweni, Naitasiri | Saturday, January 13, 2018
Keeping our surroundings clean and tidy is everyone's responsibility.

Likewise, the local town councils engage contracted grass cutters to keep our roadside clean.

And this is really a serious business at this time of the year especially knowing that we have a dengue outbreak.

But should this roadside grass cutting cause damage to the public and/or its assets?

Recently, my car window was hit by a flying stone from a roadside brush cutter and apparently if my windows were not up at that moment, that stone could have hit my eye most likely or flew past me and hit my Mrs.

All I am trying to say is that you could be in a similar situation if nothing is done about this.

Cutting grass by the roadside is not an issue.

But the safety of the public at large is paramount.

I have noticed that most of these brush cutters do not have protective guards attached to them which will stop, if not all, but most of these objects (such as stones) from flying when those nylon ropes strike them.

Do town/city councils inspect these machines before the contractors use them?

If damage (such as broken car windows, eye/body injury) are caused by these machines, who will be the responsible authority to compensate for these damages?

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