Yesterday a delivery truck caused chaos in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik when the driver misjudged the height of a stone arch leading into the city centre and found himself and the truck jammed under the arch.
Now it turns out that the driver of the vehicle not only caused a problem and possibly damaged the stone arch, but also that the vehicle entered the Old City without the correct documentation.
“The Department of Municipal Police, following an event in which a delivery vehicle got stuck at the stone entrance to the historic centre, in Ulica sv. Dominika, in order to determine the circumstances of the event and possible responsibility, performed a video surveillance inspection and it was determined that on May 4, 2022, a delivery vehicle, operated in the pedestrian zone - St. Dominic Street in Dubrovnik, without the approval of the Administrative Department for Utilities, Transport and Local Government of the City of Dubrovnik,” stated the police.
And added that “This is a violation of Art. 171, paragraph 1 of the Decision on Communal Order (envisaged fine for a legal entity in the amount of HRK 10,000.00 and a responsible person in the amount of HRK 2,000.00), due to which a Mandatory Misdemeanour Order will be filed against the violator. Due to its size, the vehicle got stuck on the stone vault of the entrance to the historic core, and due to suspicions of damage, employees of the inspection department informed the police to determine any damage.”
This of course opens up many questions, two of which would be. Would the driver of this vehicle have been caught if he hadn’t got stuck under the stone arch? And how many other vehicles enter the city on delivery runs every morning without the correct permissions? As one person commented on Facebook “The utility office is 2 metres in front of the truck,” seeming to question whether they are doing their jobs.