Minister clarifies facts around new Spot Speed Camera Enforcement System

Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport.

The Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, has sought to clarify the operations of the new Spot Speed Camera Enforcement System, in light of what he says is recent, erroneous commentary circulating in the public domain.

In an official statement released today by the Ministry, Minister Sinanan observes that the incorrect comments he says were started by one particular individual commenting on the situation with cameras mounted in the Cocorite area.

The Works and Transport Minister notes that contrary to what has been stated by the individual in question, the cameras installed in Cocorite are not Speed Enforcement Cameras.

The following is the full text of the statement by Minister Sinanan and the Works and Transport Ministry…

STATEMENT BY MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT: “DISINFORMATION BY A FAILED POLITICIAN”

I have noted several comments being made by some segments of the population and in particular, a failed politician, posturing as a political leader of what he calls a political party, regarding recently installed cameras in the Cocorite area. I have made a deliberate effort not to respond or simply to ignore the rantings of this failed politician who makes it a career to mislead and misinform unsuspecting members of the public in his desperate quest for political relevance in Trinidad and Tobago. Unfortunately, I now feel duty-bound to forcefully respond to him to ease the concerns of some citizens who may have somehow been swayed by his nauseating rants.

Firstly, this failed politician should have known the very basic fact that the Bill for the introduction of Spot Speed Cameras is still engaging the Parliament. It was recently passed in the Senate and is now before the House of Representatives for further debate and passage. It is inconceivable and disconcerting that he cannot even take the time to ascertain this basic fact.

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has always been very transparent with the citizens regarding enforcement cameras that have been installed in some locations around the country and we have gone to great lengths by informing citizens of the other areas that cameras may be installed due to the high volumes of fatal accidents. Presently, these cameras are being used as part of our pilot project to ensure seamless implementation in the future.

Secondly, the cameras being referred to in the Cocorite area are NOT Speed Enforcement Cameras and was not installed there by the MOWT or any of our agents. I would have imagined that the failed politician ought to have known what Traffic Enforcement Cameras look like and if not, to at least consult with professionals to aid his understanding. To reiterate, the cameras being widely circulated on social media are NOT Traffic Enforcement Cameras.

Thirdly, I want to advise members of the public that on May 27, 2020, the MOWT will roll out two (2) critical components of the UTURN System – (1) the new Traffic Ticketing System and (2) the Demerit Points System. The Red Light Camera Enforcement System will be rolled out in a later phase and members of the public will be updated and be aware of the locations of all red light cameras in Trinidad and Tobago. The Spot Speed Camera Enforcement System can ONLY come into effect when the Bill, referred to above, is debated and passed in the House of Representatives.

Finally, members of the public are reminded that the MOWT undertook a comprehensive review of the speed limits around the country in 2016. This was the first time such exercise was conducted in over 40 years in this country and it was done as part of the preparation for the introduction of Lidar Speed Guns for use by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Since then, the MOWT continues to review speed limits on our road networks as part of our traffic management strategies. Therefore, before Spot Speed Camera Enforcement Systems are introduced in this country, a similar exercise will be conducted in the Cocorite area and other areas around the country to determine the suitability of the speed limits and make adjustments, where necessary, depending on in-depth analyses and studies. Comparing the numbers of lanes on roadways is not the basis for determining speed limits.

The MOWT will continue to be a responsible government agency and will make decisions that are always in the public’s interests.

Members of the public are reminded to ignore the purveyors of hate and fake news that are designed to mislead and distort facts and to antagonise the general public. Their public gimmickry and vacuous antics are simply embarrassing and not reflective of who we are as citizens.

Citizens should pay close attention to the MOWT’s official website or official media platforms or visit drivingtt.com for all information regarding the new and revolutionary traffic systems that are being rolled out in phases for the benefit of all members of the public.

Sincerely,

Rohan Sinanan
Minister