The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) is expressing "guarded optimism" regarding the announcement by Mayor Joel Martinez and Deputy Mayor Hillan Morean to ‘’reduce’’ the activity of wreckers in “Port-of-Spain” by 50 percent.
The Port-of-Spain City Council passed a motion at their monthly statutory meeting at the Council’s Chambers Wednesday to, effective immediately, reduce wrecking within the nation’s capital by 50 percent.
While the motion was the brainchild of Port-of-Spain Mayor, Joel Martinez, it was put before the council by Deputy Mayor, Hillan Murray on the advice of leader of council business, Akil Durham, in order to avoid any conflict of interests that may arise as the Mayor had the casting vote (an extra vote given to a chairperson to break any ties which may result from a vote).
The Police Service says it will be observing strict traffic and security arrangements for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-final match on Friday, and the final on Sunday, which are both scheduled to take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Motorists are being advised that there will be no parking allowed on the Solomon Hochoy Highway, from the Gasparillo Overpass to the Ste. Madeleine/Corinth Overpass.
Illegally parked vehicles along the Chaguaramas peninsula will be towed away.
According to a release by the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) the area along the Western Main road from Alcoa has been declared a tow away zone from today.
The CDA's Estate Police fleet and Police Service will be conducting patrols and illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owners' expense and would be retrieved at the Chaguaramas Hotel and Convention Centre for a fee of $500.
The Police Complaints Authority says it has received a number of complaints from members of the public accusing police officers of not following protocol when wrecking a vehicle.
In fact, the PCA has initiated an investigation into an incident posted on social media where there was an altercation with a female citizen and an officer.
Now the wrecking of vehicles has been a contentious issue with citizens accusing police officers of being heavy handed with the process, particularly in the capital.