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Start 2014 road crackdown in Tobago

 Generally, driving on the roads of Tobago nowadays is characterised by the following:

1. Excessive speeding. In this regard it is said, for example, that the Claude Noel Highway—a single-lane directional road—requires, and indeed demands what are assumed to be “highway” speeds.

2. What appears to be competition in using headlight high beams unnecessarily at night —a most dangerous practice along the predominantly winding and narrow roads in the island, (apart from the south-west).

3. Many vehicles appear not to meet the requirements  and specifications established by the competent authorities. This can lead to fatal accidents and must be addressed forthwith. 

4. Generally, a lack of courtesy, good manners and moreso,   consideration for fellow motorists and pedestrians. 

5. A relatively high percentage of “bumpy” roads which clearly  do not meet acceptable standards and will certainly be a contributory factor to high vehicle maintenance costs. 

Is the Treasury being short-changed and given a “six-for-a-nine” by incompetent or unscrupulous contractors? 

While this letter is directed to motoring in Tobago,  I know that the above observations are, to even a much larger extent, applicable to motoring in Trinidad. 

My reason for singling out Tobago is to demand of the authorities a complete  “no-tolerance” policy in relatively small Tobago in 2014, with a view to that policy having a demonstration effect throughout the whole of Trinidad and Tobago .                                     

                      Errol OC Cupid                                                  

                                   Trincity

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