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Sando maxi fares go up
Come tomorrow morning, commuters
from Point Fortin, Siparia and Penal using
maxi-taxis to travel to San Fernando will
have to pay an extra dollar to get to their
Secretary of the Route Five Maxi-Taxi
Association Allan Rampaul said the in-
crease in fares is a result of the adjustment
to the diesel subsidy and higher taxes on
On October 2, Finance Minister Colm
Imbert announced an increase in the cost
of diesel from $2.30 per litre to $3.41 per
litre with immediate effect. Imbert said
that new tyres utilised on motor cars at-
tracted a 30 per cent while used pneu-
matic tyres did not. To address this, he
proposed a 30 per cent customs duty on
both used and new. However, the customs
duty on the importation of new tyres for
buses and lorries remain at 15 per cent.
He further proposed to implement an en-
vironmental tax of $20.00 per imported
tyre to cover the cost of proper disposal
of used tyres.
Rampaul said the decision was
taken after several meetings between driv-
ers, who saw an increase in their opera-
"We want to increase the fares in the
route ive areas by $1 across the board ef-
fective from Thursday 19, 2017. We had a
few meetings, on Thursday, on Saturday
and last night to discuss the increase in
fares because of the subsidy removal of
diesel and hike in the price of tyres, spare
parts and other operational cost.
"Maxis do not run on fuel alone. There
are other factors to consider and when
fuel went up to $4.44 per gallon that was
a big chunk out of our budgets.
Association trustee Ashook Sirju said
many people have been asking about an
increase in fares since the budget.
Dillon: $15m to feed prisoners
Government will be paying $15 million to
feed the prison system's 3,700 prisoners
in 2018, just as it did in 2017, National Se-
curity Minister Edmund Dillon con irmed
He gave the igures during yesterday's
Standing Finance Committee scrutiny of
the 2018 Budget led by Opposition MPs'
questioning. He said the 3,700 igure in-
cludes those in Remand Yard. Budget ig-
ures showed the state had to pay the same
$15 million igure for prisoners' food as it
has allocated for 2018.
Dillon con irmed, however, that there
has been a $3.5million reduction in the
food bill for the T&T Regiment and a de-
crease of $500,000 for the Coast Guard's
food bill which he attributed to better man-
agement of resources.
Dillon said the renewal of the contract
for the irm which does TT passports is
currently being examined by Cabinet. Con-
cerns were expressed in the budget debate
about the long time it is taking to get pass-
ports. UNC MP Rudy Indarsingh had said
an expediting fee is now necessary if some-
one needed a passport urgently.
Dillon con irmed that $8 million is being
allocated for overtime payments for Immi-
gration of icers---especially at Piarco Air-
port. He said this was due to the combined
high absenteeism level of some as well as
He said Immigration has 366 of icers and
there are 203 vacancies. There are also 494
vacant posts in the Fire Services and 180
posts for Life Guards.
Dillon con irmed there have been ap-
peals on the process to obtain irearms
licences. But he said the process hasn't
changed and the Police Commissioner still
has sole discretion for this.
He admitted the Government needed to
have four pathologists at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre and a recruitment drive is on
for permanent pathologists after Dr Valery
Alexandrov's departure. He said scholar-
ships in this ield are being awarded.
UNC MPs expressed concern that while
funding cuts will affect youth programmes
like National Training Service and Military
Led Youth Programme of Apprenticeship
and Reorientation Training(MYPART) and
academic programmes (MYLART), the
Strategic Services Agency (SSA) received a
$2 million increase.
Dillon said based on economic condi-
tions cuts have to be made.
n San Fernando to Point Fortin $8 - $10
n San Fernando to Siparia $8-$9
n San Fernando to Penal
n All short drop will increase by $1
6.1500 6.6059 6.7793
4.9751 5.2369 5.6559
8.2982 8.7349 9.4230
7.3892 7.7781 8.4003
****** 0.0588 0.0632
6.3800 6.7924 7.0981
2.2272 2.4209 2.6170
2.7086 3.3112 3.5092
for OCTOBER 17, 2017
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