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The National Association of Public Transport Advo-
cates (NAPTA) says it is greatly concerned about the
wisdom and soundness of ideas expressed at a recent
traffic consultation hosted by Minister of Works and
Transport Fitzgerald Hinds.
The consultation on Short and Medium Term Measures
to Contain Road Traffic Congestion was held on Wednes-
day at the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Of particular concern to the NAPTA were recommen-
dations to solve T&T s traffic problems by retired super-
intendent Fitzroy Phillips who reportedly assisted in
organising the event.
"As reported by various media houses Phillips made
a suggestion to Take 50 per cent of the private vehicles
off the road alternately.
"He also said Those of us who drive a vehicle with
an odd numbers, you are on the road today. Those
who drive a vehicle with an even number on the road
tomorrow, Mondays through Saturdays, Sunday is
NAPTA s interim president, Dayne Harford said that
idea instead of providing a solution to the perennial
traffic woes in T&T, would not only fail but would cause
He explained: "NAPTA notes that while forums like
this is indeed needed to generate ideas and solutions,
Mr Phillips ideas lack much needed research and if
implemented with current state of our public transport
system, it will not only fail but create more havoc in the
"The idea of the removal of 50 per cent of private
vehicles around the world only occurs in city areas, such
as Paris and Beijing, and not the entire country.
"Further the reason for the removal of the vehicles in
those areas is due to high levels of air pollution and not
"Moreover, the policies adopted by most cities who
have in fact implemented this, exempt electric cars,
hybrid cars, taxis and cars including three or more pas-
"It cannot, nor is it done on the simplistic notion of
odd and even numbers. It should be noted, too, that
countries who have adopted this pollution reduction
solution already has in place first world public transport
systems and an efficient and effective mass transit net-
Harford said NAPTA was inviting Phillips
and other stakeholders to meet with it to
have a second discussion on traffic alle-
viation and a mass transit system.
"We again reiterate our willingness to
work with the Ministry of Works and
Transport and all other stakeholders in
the development of both lon term and
short-term plans for traffic management
and public transport," he added.
Minister of Works and Transport
Fitzgerald Hinds hosted key stakeholders
at the session, aimed at identifying issues
related to traffic congestion and possible
solutions to the problems.
Representatives of the various regional
corporations, the Police Service, Public
Transport Service Corporation, Water
Taxi Service, Maxi Taxi Association of
T&T, Licensing Division, Taxi Driver s
Association and ministry officials par-
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says knowledge
is the new avenue for future income in light of the
dwindling energy reserves of oil and natural gas.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University
of T&T s, O Meara Campus, Arima, on Wednesday,
Garcia said education was pivotal.
"Universities are institutions in which a significant
income, usually from the government, is spent and
considerable amount of time is demanded from students
if they are to benefit from their enrolment into the
university," he said.
Garcia said a significant percentage of the natural
wealth had been allocated to education in the country
and $3.4 billion was spent last year on post and tertiary
He said T&T had been placed in the category of
developed country status and had 18,000 graduands.
T&T had less than one per cent of the total world
reserves of natural gas and was an asset of finite life,
"The Ministry of Education has adopted the position
that post, secondary and tertiary education should
formulate strategy and appropriate developed plans
that will have as its prime object a skill and knowl-
"This will be a challenge. We have the infrastructure
and the basis for accepting this challenge," he said.
Garcia said there were three universities and several
institutions that produced technicians and craftsmen
in the country.
When questioned about the schools
that have been closed since September,
Garcia said they would be re-opened
in the new term.
"There are 15 schools that are closed
and that is of great concern. The Gov-
ernment appointed a new board and
we had discussions to develop a road
map so the problem that prevented the
opening will be solved," he added.
He said the previous boards focused
on building new schools rather than
maintaining and repairing the existing
He said the lack of security guards
and other trappings at the schools were
not the only cause of indiscipline and
mirrors what transpired in the national
community which was a "violent" one.
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