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call for ban on
President of the Downtown
Owners and Merchants As-
sociation (Doma) Gregory
Aboud yesterday called for
a ban of gasoline tankers
driving through the streets
of Port-of-Spain and for an
evacuation plan to be put in
Aboud's call came one day after
hundreds of workers and shoppers
had to evacuate Town Centre Mall
and other businesses along Chacon
Street, after a leaking 100-pound
liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cyl-
inder was discovered on the ground
floor of the mall.
Aboud said the incident should serve
as a warning of the potential dangers
from the use and
rials through the
city.As a rule,
Aboud said haz-
ardous and toxic
not to be trans-
ed areas of the capital
city without warning
"We wish to renew our call for the ban of
gasoline tankers and other trucks that trans-
port hazardous materials through town. We
are also calling for the imposition of a require-
ment for bulk LPG to be delivered after 5 pm
to businesses in town."
Aboud feels Doma would get the support
of the T&T Fire Services and other agencies
in making such a request.
He said Doma had written National
Petroleum (NP) asking that gasoline
tankers desist from traversing the
streets in down town.
"We believe that NP is aware of our
initiative several years ago and that
NP generally observes the rules of pub-
lic safety. But we would like to see it in the
legislative agenda, not only for town, but the
entire country. Such legislation should also
He also recommended that the speed limit
of gasoline tankers and trucks that transport
flammable and hazardous materials be fur-
Aboud noted that many of these trucks
and tankers exceed the required speed limit.
Questioned if there was an evacuation plan
for the city should there be a natural disas-
ter or catastrophic event occur, Aboud said
there was still a lot of work to do in the area
of disaster preparedness.
"We do not even know which is the correct
authority to declare a disaster, who would
be in change of requiring an evacuation and
who would coordinate disaster preparedness
which is relief and rescue efforts."
In going forward, Aboud said that disaster
preparedness was among the list of items they
intended to discuss with Port-of Spain Mayor
By the end of this month, Aboud said Doma
will raise this critical issue with the Port-of-
Spain City Corporation.
Man, 20, schoolboy,
16 held for crime
Arima police yesterday recovered over
$80,000 worth of electronic items which
were stolen from a pastor on Old Year's night.
A 16-year-old student of Trincity and a 20-year-
old Arima man were arrested in connection with
Police said during searches carried out in the
Arima district yesterday for arms and ammunition
they recovered the items at a house on Cocorite
The pastor told police he secured his home, also
located on Cocorite Road, before leaving to attend
Old Year's church service.
On his return he found his house ransacked, with
all his electronic items missing and the wardrobes
The pastor, whose name was withheld, com-
mended the police officers for a job well done.
During the anti-crime operation, police also de-
tained a 26-year-old Guyanese national, who has
overstayed his time in the country, and a 36-year-
old-man of Boundary Road, San Juan, for a stolen
vehicle which had no registration number.
The exercise was supervised by Supt Neville
Sankar, and included, Insp Birch, Sgt Thomas, Cpl
Jeanville, PC Charles, WPC Antoine and others.
PC Charles of Arima CID is expected to charge
the 16-year-old, Trincity student and the 20-year-
old Arima man with burglary.
Police have handed over the Guyanese national
to immigration officers, while the 36-year-old-
man of Boundary Road remains in police custody.
Some of the items which were recovered by Arima
police yesterday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
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