Private inspection garages have reported a drop in the number of vehicles coming in for inspections on Monday, however, some said they still have a consistent flow of traffic through their bays.
Transport Commissioner, Basdeo Gosine, predicted in an interview with Guardian Media last week that the rush was only temporary and would be quelled by this week.
In a subsequent interview on Monday, he said there is definitely a smaller crowd than last week’s, however, it only being the first working day of the week, it was too soon to tell if it would continue that way.
Guardian Media visited the Licensing head office, in Caroni on Monday and found that while inside the compound had similar quantities of vehicles awaiting inspection as before, the lines which would usually extend some 500 metres up the dual carriageway leading up to the office were significantly shorter.
Inside the office, there were also significantly less people than last week; the majority of whom were queued up for the cashier.
Private inspection garages also reported a drop in the rush of vehicles coming in for inspections.
Faizul Juman, one of two inspectors at Sookhai’s Diesel Service Limited, told Guardian Media during a visit to their inspection bay just off of the Caroni Savannah Road that during last week’s rush, they were seeing on average 50 to 60 vehicles a day. On Monday, however, they saw only around 50 and noticed a much shorter line at the bay.
Kheeran Ramai who helps run his father’s garage and inspection bay at Ramai Trace, Debe said they noticed a significant drop yesterday.
“This week real dead. I mean, it’s still livelier than how it usually was…now we’re getting about 20 cars for the day,” Ramai said. Last week their garage would have almost 100 vehicles lining up daily to be inspected.
Nicholas, who is affiliated with a garage in Barataria, however, said their garage saw the same number of vehicles come in on Monday as they have on any given day last week.
The rush of drivers scampering to have their inspections done began last month as the December 31 deadline on the moratorium on a maximum $5,000 fine drew closer.
From the first working day of this year, January 2, motorists reactively attempting to avoid the steep fine near inundated garages and licensing offices across the country.
- by Rishard Khan. Photo by Abraham Diaz.