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In two weeks, Works and
Transport Minister Rohan Si-
nanan will take to Cabinet a note
relatingto the current speed limit
on the nation's highways.
But the Minister refused to give
any details on whether there was a
proposal to increase the limit from
"In two weeks I will take the speed
limit to Cabinet. Let us not jump the
gun on Cabinet," Sinanan said, in a
telephone interview on Monday.
Sinanan said the country would be
informed after Cabinet discussed the
The T&T Police Service had rec-
ommended an increase in the 80
kmph speed limit for motorists on
the nation's highways.
The proposal to increase the speed
limit followed an online petition by
lobby group Safe Drivers for Efficien-
cy earlier this year for the speed limit
to move from 80 kmph to 120 kmph.
The maximum speed limit for
pickup trucks is 65 kmph.
The Motor Vehicles and Road
Traffic Act (d) states that "Goods
vehicle the licensed MGW (Maxi-
mum Gross Weight) of which ex-
ceeds 2,540 kilogrammes (kgs) with
or without trailer" has a maximum
speed of 65 kmph outside a built-up
area and 50 kmph "within a built-
Tractors are subject to a maximum
speed limit of 35 kmph outside a
built-up area and 20 kmph within
a built-up area.
In May, then acting Prime Minis-
ter Colm Imbert, at a post-Cabinet
media briefing, said Government was
considering raising the speed limit to
100 kilometres per hour.
By early 2017, Sinanan said he
intends to fast-track the legislative
agenda to minimise the carnage on
the nation's roads.
Sinanan said last Saturday he met
with a team from the ministry who
worked "to fast-track the legislative
agenda to get everything in place."
"We are pushing on to get this leg-
islative agenda for the first quarter of
next year to reduce the road deaths."
Sinanan said the ministry was in
the process of issuing tenders for the
purchase of nine speed guns, would
would bring the total to 15.
President of Arrive Alive Sharon
Inglefield welcomed Sinanan's initi-
atives since they act as preventative
measures to save lives.
"However, we also believe in driv-
ers' education to include defensive
driving as part of a transparent li-
censing system. Particularly when
most of the victims are young men,"
Cabinet to review speed limit
Works Minister Rohan Sinanan.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
A security guard who
touched the vagina of a
school pupil at a fast
food outlet was jailed
for nine months yes-
Ashumba Francois, 26,
of Pleasantville plead-
ed guilty before Deputy
Chief Magistrate Nanette
Forde-John to the charge
of sexually touching the
girl at a fast food outlet
near Library Corner, San
"You can't just go
around touching wom-
en, particularly girls, a
big fellah like yourself.
So disgusting, to violate a
person like that and to vi-
olate a young person," the
magistrate told the prison-
er before passing sentence.
Asked by the magis-
trate why he touched the
child, Francois said: "I
get misled by watching a
female and touching her."
Francois said he was a very
hard -working person.
The magistrate told
Francois that conviction
for such an offence in the
magistrates court carried a
maximum sentence of ten
years and a $50,000 fine.
The incident took place
around 5.15 pm on Octo-
ber 6. Prosecutor Cleyon
Seedan said the girl, a stu-
dent of a primary school
in San Fernando, was in-
side the fast food outlet
buying a meal at the coun-
ter when Francois, who
was dressed in a security
officer's uniform, walked
up to her and placed his
hand on the child's vagina.
The child raised an alarm
and Francois ran out of the
outlet. She reported the in-
cident to her mother, who
was outside the outlet.
Police officers on patrol
were flagged down and a
report was made. PC Brent
Noel accompanied the
victim and her mother to
another fast-food out-
let located nearby where
Francois was found hiding
in a room in the basement.
The victim identified
Francois as the man who
touched her and the sus-
pect was taken to the San
Fernando Police Station
where he was charged.
Francois agreed with the
facts as read by the pros-
A criminal background
check revealed Francois
had a prior conviction for
assault with intent to rob.
•Establishing an uninterrupted power supply for
•Upgrading obsolete traffic signal control equip-
• Red light enforcement legislation
•Installing nine spot speed enforcement cameras
•Assisting the TTPS with the procurement of
additional speed guns
•Installation of the Demerit Point System.
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