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Priority Bus route maxi oper-
ators who take passengers up to
Tunapuna, yet charge the full
Port-of-Spain fare, are breaking
the law and could lose their bus
route passes, Works Minister
Suruj Rambachan said yester-
He said many complaints had
been received about such oper-
ators, including from children.
He said it was reported that
some operators took up passen-
gers along the routes but dropped
them off at Tunapuna and turned
back but charged the full Port-
He added: "That s breaking the
law. It s wrong and unfair, espe-
cially for children. We met the
Maxi Taxi Association and they
were informed that people who
do this risk losing their passes
and they have agreed and wel-
comed the intervention."
Rambachan said traffic wardens
would be out now to monitor the
He said warnings would be
issued first, following which
repeat offenders would lose their
bus route pass.
He added signs would be post-
ed at points where errant drivers
drop off passengers and they
would carry information and
access numbers and addresses for
lodging complaints at the min-
Rambachan also said a pilot
"Speed Spot" enforcement ini-
tiative would be launched early
next year to track those who vio-
lated the speed limits.
That would involve taking pho-
tos of offending vehicles along
the Beetham, Churchill-Roo-
sevelt, Solomon Hochoy and
Uriah Butler Highways, he added.
The plan involves measuring
speeds, getting an image and pro-
cessing information. It will be
tested, via a six-month pilot proj-
ect. The cost of two cameras for
two locations is $3 million.
Justice Minister Emmanuel
George also announced a $3 mil-
lion plan---from 2015-2017 in its
first phase---to rehabilitate pris-
oners in jail for drug trafficking
He said a provider for the ini-
tiative would be sought through
the Central Tenders Board. He
noted a similar plan was in force
previously but no monitoring
mechanisms were in place to
gauge its effectiveness.
For the upcoming plan, such
monitoring would be done by
police and ministry, he added.
'Short drop' maxi
drivers face loss
of passes for PBR
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police are investigating again a video cir-
culating on Facebook where a child is being
physically abused by a guardian.
The video was posted by Caribbean Youth
Entertainment around 1 pm yesterday.
Contacted yesterday public information officer
of the Police Service, Insp Wayne Mystar, said
the police were aware of the video and the Cyber
Crime Unit were attempting to trace its origin
in order to bring the culprit to justice.
In the video a woman, who appears to be
pregnant, is seen beating a boy who looks to be
in his teenage years with a shovel.
As the boy resists, the woman stands on his
arms and chest in order to deliver the blows.
During the recording the person taping is
heard saying he will post the video on Facebook.
Throughout the beating the woman is cursing
and threatening the child on one occasion prom-
ising to "buss the boy head" with the metal
The licks came apparently as a result of the
boy beating a child much younger and smaller
than him. Sometimes the woman was seen kick-
ing the child while shouting "Yuh like how that
feel" as the child screamed.
By 5 pm yesterday the video had been shared
561 times and garnered 123 comments, most of
which condemned the actions with a few poking
fun at the situation. One comment read: "Spare
the shovel and spoil the child."
During the video the woman stopped twice
to speak on her cellphone.
Now shovel beating
of child on Facebook
In April Point
Helen Bartlett said
she was ready to
go to jail after a
video of her beating
her child began to
reportedly beat her
daughter with a
belt and told the
girl's sister to post
the video on
Facebook after the
pictures of herself
in her underwear.
The girl later
posted a video
apologisng for her
assuring that she
had learnt her
lesson and would
never do anything
of the sort again.
She also quelled
she would be
Traffic wardens to monitor situation
"That's breaking the law. It's wrong and unfair, especially for children. We met the
Maxi Taxi Association and they were informed that people who do this risk losing
their passes and they have agreed and welcomed the intervention"
---Works Minister Suruj Rambachan
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