One of the maddest things in this country is the roads. Or rather, the variety of vehicles and the (very) novel uses to which they are put.
Here’s just a selection, all taken within 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Visiting friends but the car’s broken down. Not a problem – we’ll go by scooter.
I think the girl on the back might just be doing her eyes.
Four people on a scooter is a pretty common site. Babies too small to stand/sit are carried in arms or papooses.
Helmets are a rare sight. One local joke goes something like “Q: why is he carrying a helmet on his handlebars? A: they’ll need something to put his brains in when they scrape them off the road”
A family outing to visit the in-laws, Dominican-style
Out of gas and need a new bottle but it’s just too late for the delivery service. Not a problem – that’s what the footwell is for….
This is a really common sight. The idea of carrying something as dangerous (flammable, explosive) on the back of a scooter just leaves us, well, for dead.
Need to get your jetski home but don’t have a trailer. Not a problem – just chuck it in the back
Value your modesty more than your skull? Not a problem – just go side-saddle.
At the start of most journeys the driver says a short prayer – along the lines of ‘God protect this car and all it’s passengers’. We’d rather they trusted in maintenance, helmets and a driving-licence, but then we’re sooooo Gringo
Is it a truck? is it a bus? Is it a removal van?
At least they’re having fun.
Cars, motorbikes and …. horses.
This is actually a pretty busy junction (the first horse is turning left). It’s traffic-light controlled and, yes, the lights were on red.
Is it a van or a mobile loudspeaker?
This one is very tame compared to many we see. Our record so far is 12 massive stadium-sized speakers (think def leppard at full tilt) on the back of a lorry. You could feel your insides vibrating as it passed.
Is it a motorbike? Or a car? Or a small marquee? Words fail me on this one.
I’ve set up a new gallery with more photos of transportation madness. You’ll find it here.