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UPDATE: Towed!

- as management of Bolo's & Bobby's Parking Lot enforces new rules
A tow truck about to remove a vehicle from the parking lot at Bolo's Store/Bobby's Supermarket. Photo: Provided
The new parking system at Bobby's Supermarket in Road Town became effective today, July 7, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The new parking system at Bobby's Supermarket in Road Town became effective today, July 7, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Persons are now only required to inform the guard which of the three stores they will shop: either Bolo’s Department Store, Bobby’s Supermarket or Vanterpool's Pharmacy. Photo: Team of Reporters
Persons are now only required to inform the guard which of the three stores they will shop: either Bolo’s Department Store, Bobby’s Supermarket or Vanterpool's Pharmacy. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The management of the parking lot at Bolo’s Store and Bobby’s Supermarket is sending a strong message that it is very serious about the use of its parking lot in Road Town.

Just a few days after installing a security bar and new parking rules, many watched with mixed emotions as a vehicle was towed away on July 10, 2017.

According to information reaching our newsroom, the vehicle had exceeded the one hour parking stipulation and, after valiant efforts to locate the driver or owner failed, the tow truck was called in and the vehicle hauled away.

See previous article published July 7, 2017

New parking system implemented at Bobby's Parking Lot

A new system has been put in place at the Bobby’s/Bolo’s parking lot to regulate vehicular traffic.

Persons are now required to inform the guard which of the three stores they will shop; either Bolo’s Department Store, Bobby’s Supermarket or Vanterpool's Pharmacy. Persons are allowed to park in the already congested parking lot for no more than one hour.

The new parking restriction became effective today, July 7, 2017.

Meanwhile, it is our understanding that there is a proposal on the table to build some paid parking lots in Road Town through the Ministry of Communications and Works. However, the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration has been mum on the issue.

73 Responses to “UPDATE: Towed!”

  • wise up (07/07/2017, 19:32) Like (56) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well done LT people don't respect others space need more like this around.
    • Hmph (08/07/2017, 09:14) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
      Good idea - will make it easie to shop at Bobbies.
      The Govt needs a tow truck to take away all the badely parked vehicles in the middle of car parks in Road Town. The area near to labour is a disgrace - cars parked down the middle of the car park blocking in cars in proper spaces.
  • wize up (07/07/2017, 19:45) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    yes sa!!!!
  • bvi (07/07/2017, 19:48) Like (15) Dislike (106) Reply
    Thats a dumb idea, makes no sense at all.
    • wise up (07/07/2017, 22:08) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
      I see so I can go park in the man parking lot all day so customer don't have when they want to shop stewwww
    • Oh Please! (12/07/2017, 08:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are the one that makes no sense coming on here buh this is bad idea. What's your solution then?? It's working out pretty good as far as I see. You're probably one of the violating culprits.
    • Hushfly (12/07/2017, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You got to be the dumb behind. Don't call yourself no BVI. BVI can't be so backward, ole moo moo.
  • town man (07/07/2017, 20:20) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Look trouble for me
  • Welsah (07/07/2017, 20:41) Like (12) Dislike (65) Reply
    I DON'T want to tell no "GUARD" my BUSINESS ! Give me my HOUR ticket, and I'll be GOOD . Set a idiots.
  • ok (07/07/2017, 20:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • stir crazy (07/07/2017, 21:03) Like (22) Dislike (65) Reply
    I thought the parking lots belonged to the government. Was this approved by them. What a way to kill a business. He will never learn.
    • Hhm (08/07/2017, 06:17) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
      Just don't shop at bobby's simple, he got the best prices right now, and I know you will continue to shop there just assuring you that the option is yours, and saying that it will kill his business is a bit of a negative thing to say, speak positive
      • other side of the coin (11/07/2017, 22:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am more likely to shop there now that i know there should be parking for me
  • Customer (07/07/2017, 21:22) Like (63) Dislike (1) Reply
    Will provide work for tow trucks too because some ppl
    Feel dey can do wat dem want wit ppl place
  • .. (07/07/2017, 22:17) Like (2) Dislike (48) Reply
    pure assishness
  • is it legal? (07/07/2017, 22:17) Like (5) Dislike (21) Reply
    Dah mek sense?
  • what (07/07/2017, 22:36) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    It is GHETTO!!! The entire capital is a big dump from bobbys area to the market place. No shame at all!!!
  • Grill Bonito (07/07/2017, 23:23) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Smile now meh boi, you got nuff cuss to get lmao.
  • just asking... (07/07/2017, 23:30) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    So if we going to buy a coffee at the serioun we cant park there?
    • SMH (08/07/2017, 07:04) Like (58) Dislike (2) Reply
      Somebody come look at this! What is 'serioun'?? If you are not sure of how to spell it, do not post it. You are embarrassing yourself. However, the answer to your question would be no you cannot park there.
    • ha (08/07/2017, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      you such a c#@t bubble
    • HOMEONTHERANGE (12/07/2017, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Park your tail part by the Syrians. They got parking for you. All you don't like to obey rules. Go home.
  • just wrong (08/07/2017, 06:26) Like (7) Dislike (24) Reply
    This idea seems actually dumber than expanding the Airport runway. When it becomes a bottleneck which it surely will, people will just drive to RiteWay.
  • SMH (08/07/2017, 06:43) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    No wonder traffic was so bad. All this will do is have traffic backed up on the main road which is already horrible as is.
  • Spice (08/07/2017, 06:49) Like (75) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why is it killing the business when shoppers come they have no way to park because the parking lot is full of person from the trust companies and other offices. I think it is a very good idea.
  • brilliant (08/07/2017, 07:21) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    That is actually a good idea to regulate how many people are in the parking lot to safely maneuver. It is a nightmare just to get out. Too many silly and small minded people in this Territory. Overseas they welcome anything but locally they criticize everything. How the hell do we expect to progress. The shareholders brought solutions to the problem. How many of you nay sayers went to them and offered solutions???
    I just get so embarrassed of some of you.
    • Cheers (08/07/2017, 12:46) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ brilliant, thank you. I agree with you 100%. Some of these people here just can't or refuse to get with the times. I loveeeeee it.
    • thank you (12/07/2017, 07:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Couldn't have said it better!
  • Gumption.Official (08/07/2017, 07:37) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some of you humans will complaint about everything single things beside yourslef. We have more important issues to be worried about.

    1) the amount of person's moving to collage
    2) amount of people who just leaving collage
    3) the amount of young people who's going Balsome gut and Jhonson gut.

    Humans complaing about parking / complaining about trying to control it. Humans are not a pleasing species
    • rastaman (08/07/2017, 09:28) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dude it looks like your spell check is on vacation! I could understand one or two errors but eight errors damn! However you did raise some really good points.
      • Gummption.official (08/07/2017, 17:48) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        Lack of not taken my time.. but write with passion and once you understood what I was expressing we good!

  • Excellent (08/07/2017, 08:00) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good. We need some order in this Wild West place.

    Now I will start buying at Bobby's and Bolo's again. But I think they should make it a 2 hour limit instead of 1.
  • SMH (08/07/2017, 08:27) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    Then rite should put that too..stupid idea. It will slow down business. Beca we people here dont like to be push around to wait for security to tell you pass etc....we will just man i cant deal with that. And straight to another supermarket we head to.
  • boy blue (08/07/2017, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

    Emergency vehicles only in Town.
  • my 2 cents (08/07/2017, 10:09) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    A national bus service is what is needed
    • Josiahsbay (16/07/2017, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some 15 years ago when I came home I suggested a government sponsored or an affordable shuttle for shopping within the confine of Road Town with peripheral parking to relieve the congestion, maybe it's time to revisit the idea.
  • rattie (08/07/2017, 13:16) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This may be a blessing in disguise (deep, deep disguise)
    • LOL (08/07/2017, 14:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So deep, its more than a deep deep disguise...its 100% invisible, like it's not even there... Lol
  • Ooh snap (08/07/2017, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (30) Reply
    I won't be shopping at bobby's anymore...seems like a hassle. 99 problems n this ish ain't gonna be one. Ok, I tell guard I going bobby's then ooh snap I got to run Vanterpool. Should I go tell the guard? Then, I can't make up my mind what to buy in bobby's so it takes forever, then I get to the cashier's.. Ooh snap there's lots of people n I only have 5 mins. before my time is up, should I got tell the guard? This is stressful! What u say? Riteway having discount? Rite way, I coming!! Save me from this madness!!!
    • wow (08/07/2017, 15:17) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      You got to be some special type of retarded. Clearly you don't read well. The parking lot is for customers of ALL 3 stores! Bobbys, Bills and Vanterpool's. You do not need to "tell the guard" that you're going to another one of the three stores... and you have an hour to park! I think that's reasonable
    • Trapper (08/07/2017, 16:56) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      @oh snap, do you realize you are one step from being Cray Cray?
    • Arawak (08/07/2017, 19:42) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ooh snap......biggest laugh I had all day. But seriously, I hope you are not as whacko as your comment makes you seem.
    • Really? (11/07/2017, 17:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Honey! Ignorance won't get you far! Where ever you choose to shop is your business but what you're saying makes absolutely no sense. If you're using the parking lot, all they're asking you is to stick within the hour parking time. Let's say you shopped Bobby's and it took you 45 minutes, and you have to go Bolos or Vanterlools; considering their new parking rule, simply let the security know and I'm sure something can be arranged. You know that parking is an overall issue in Road Town in - join in the effort because now, you too are sure to get a spot when shopping in the vicinity.
  • tola (08/07/2017, 15:14) Like (3) Dislike (34) Reply
    Ayo tortola people could complain!!...
  • Bush Lawyer (08/07/2017, 18:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    And what is the legal penalty for staying longer than an hour? Please quote legislation that supports any fees for "over staying". Would be interesting to see police getting involved with issues arising from this move.
    • LCS (12/07/2017, 07:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Over stay = towing at owner's expense.
    • Feeluppocket (12/07/2017, 10:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Police wouldn't get involved, you stay there unreasonably, get the tow truck and pull that over by the cay and leave it there. Crank, crank, crank, click, click all over Road Town. I bet you will obey the rules. People go all over the place and pull a ticket to park, but they want to do craziness here. They go at TB Lettsome, they pull a ticket and pay when they leave. None asking you to pay, but you don't want to obey. Well then feel in your pockets then.
  • None sense (08/07/2017, 21:19) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    What Elton need to fix is that off loading that is being conducted in the parking lot. That needs to be done behind his building where it use to be done. These little tractors his workers them driving only a matter of time before they damage some body. Its coming wait for it I have witness many negligence or mishaps whatever you want to call it.
  • block them yes (08/07/2017, 23:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank Gad ,it happen.
  • Well (09/07/2017, 01:00) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you stay longer than the hour, your car should be towed.
    • True (11/07/2017, 12:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      @well, I agree with you. If you pass the hour, your car should be towed. Rules is rules. These people here want to make there own rules. It is about time this was enforced. And, you can't get mad with the attendant, he is only doing his job.
  • Change is good (11/07/2017, 11:12) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not understand, we would travel to another man's country and obey their parking rules and policies but in our own country we are being ignorant and call it "dumb". Small minded people!
  • qc (11/07/2017, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    well sah look trouble for me this morning
  • Business. (11/07/2017, 11:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Festival grounds can hold about 50 cars. Why can't immigrants, labour and workers for those businesses in that area park on the festival grounds and leave the parking lot for their customers....
    • Exactly (11/07/2017, 14:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Once I have to do business anywhere on the way I park at the festival grounds and take foot from there. The people are so spoiled that they have to park right in front of the door of the building they're going to. I admit that parking can be a dilema and coming from a country where public transportation is well thought out (Canada) I have trouble adjusting here to the local custom of anything goes. I will never drive into downtown Toronto as I would have to pay to park which is not cheap. I migrate here and I am more than happy to park in a safe public area and walk the rest (unless I have heavy bags)
    • Really (11/07/2017, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can hold a damn lot more than 50 cars
    • @Business (13/07/2017, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem is that people DON'T like to walk bottom line.
  • I LOVE IT (11/07/2017, 12:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can a tow truck please come in the car park in front of Akara Building so some of these inconsiderate persons blocking others can be towed. I need the tow truck number. Trust I. I WILL DO IT.
  • please advise (11/07/2017, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Sometime next week, I will be shopping at both establishments for birthday party supplies. This is going to take more than an hour. Can bolos and Bobbys please advise if in the middle of picking up items, if I am suppose to leave the shopping care in the isle and run out to the parking attendant to let him know I'm still shopping, or should I get my car towed while supporting the same businesses.

    I have no issue with adhering to parking rules as it is common procedure overseas, especially in Canada, but Need to know so I can know what to do before hand in this situation.
    • Deh Watcha (11/07/2017, 14:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      How about just telling the attendant there is a possibility you may be longer than an hour.
    • nope (11/07/2017, 16:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @please advice, if your hour is up, how about paying for another hour. If I was shopping and my hour is up, I would pay for another hour. It is the same as a parking meter. If your meter time is up, you put more money in the meter/feed the meter. You don't, you car will be towed.
  • Hmmmm (11/07/2017, 12:18) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Someone is going to get hurt with this foolishness.
  • airport (11/07/2017, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why not installing same system as at the Airport. First hour free, any hour or part of this after this is 5.00 each. That will pay itself for the system and stop inconsidering ppl.
  • good on ya (11/07/2017, 16:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think this is great idea. Now, Rite Way needs to start towing idiots that still park in front of the store, blocking the road and causing grief for people who are trying to get to a "real" parking space!!!
  • agreed (12/07/2017, 00:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one in BVI like to improvement, this had to be in place to assist those who shopping @ the mentioned stores. Only one suggestion that LT open the other end of parking lot where those vendors are to allow traffic to exit.
  • Smallbusiness (12/07/2017, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put tow truck down by Scotia. The tow truck will work around Road Town. Teach people to respect other person's time.
    You blocking me, call the tow truck. Tow truck business come in, come in.
  • VTG (12/07/2017, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are people here so resentful of rules and law and order? Adults at that! These are simple rules the business owner has introduced so that patrons of his business can have parking. When I shop at Bobby's, I make it a point of parking in the lot across the street and not in his parking lot because it is usually a zoo in there, with people especially the taxi drivers parking without any regard for other users of the lot. Are the naysayers suggesting that this should be allowed to continue??? Why should you be allowed to park in that lot if you are not doing business there? Eh?? Parking rules and regulations exist everywhere else in the civilized world. And I would bet my last dollar most of us abide by them when we travel. Why should they not exist and be abided by here? I applaud Elton for finally doing what needed to be done eons ago and I hope that Riteway Pasea follows suit. Parking wardens definetly need to be in that Riteway parking lot to deal once and for all with the selfish, inconsiderate, illegal parking that happens there on a daily basis.
  • Local (12/07/2017, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This need to happen island wide . Instead of all these police giving tickets for seatbelt alone. Over parking is illegal . Tow and Pay
  • JYD (13/07/2017, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great this should be done for people who park in handicap areas just because it close to the door if the area them going , a car pound is needed by DMV for all these people who block up government buildings
    And a question i want to know why do people park for so long out by De Castro on main st for a whole day now and block that two way to only a one lane now, also is that short bit of road by the old post office a one lane or two lane the only bit of main street that two lane is block by people parking there from as early as 0630 blocking traffic movements, i wonder if them vehicle got struck who to blame
  • needed (13/07/2017, 15:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More businesses need to tow. Just this week I saw a lady who works at the SSB park in front of the building where MoneyGram is. She took up two spaces. Someone pointed it out to her and she shifted her car. Imagine my shock when she got out, crossed the road, and walked in the direction of the post office! LOL.

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