Yesterday, the City of Reykjavík jeopardized people’s safety by taking no measures to deal with icy roads and sidewalks. This is the opinion of the spokesman of The Road Traffic Directorate, who told Rúv.is that the lack of action was cause for disappointment.
Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Yesterday, many inhabitants of Reykjavík had difficulty travelling around the city due to its icy conditions. City officials decided to neither put salt nor sand on it, thereby decreasing it, explaining in a written statement to Rúv.is that it would not be sensible. The sand would eventually need to be swept up and the salt should be used sparingly due to its effect on the environment.
Neither the Chairman of the City’s Environment and Transportation Council nor the Chairman of the City Council was available for comment.
The Road Traffic Directorate’s spokesman Einar Magnús Magnússon expressed surprise and concern that no measures had been taken to mitigate the icy conditions, saying that he has never before heard those reasons. Besides, they should not outweigh passenger safety, and in fact it would be absurd to believe that they would do so.
“I must say that we have been quite disappointed regarding the City’s efforts in keeping the roads clear for travelers, especially those who travel on foot. We are very concerned. And the incident yesterday, all I can say is that it was far from being acceptable,” Einar Magnús said. He added that those who are responsible for roads must ensure that people’s safety is as good as it can be and yesterday, that had not been the case.