Sunday 12 July, 2020

Sinanan: Cocorite walkover cameras were not installed by MOWT

Screenshot courtesy traffictt.com

Screenshot courtesy traffictt.com

Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan said cameras installed along the Cocorite walkover on the Western Main Road are not the property of the Ministry.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Sinanan said that the Bill for the new Spot Speed Camera system is still before Parliament.

“…the camera being referred to in the Cocorite area are not speed enforcement cameras and was not installed there by MOWT or any of our agents. The cameras being widely circulated on social media are not traffic enforcement cameras.”

“The Bill for the introduction of Spot Speed Cameras is still engaging the Parliament. It was recently passed in the Senate and is now before the House of Representatives for further debate and passage.”

Sinanan stressed his Ministry has been transparent about the installation of any cameras for the project.

“The Ministry of Works and Transport has been very transparent with citizens regarding enforcement cameras that have been installed in some locations around the country and we have gone to great lengths by informing citizens of the other areas cameras may be installed due to high volumes of fatal accidents.”

The minister said these cameras are being used as part of a pilot project after the the Ministry undertook a review in 2016 of speed limits around the country and continues to review speed limits.

He said once the Spot Speed camera enforcement systems are introduced, a similar exercise will be done in Cocorite and other areas around the country to determine the sustainability of speed limits and the need for adjustments, “depending on in-depth analyses and studies”.

“Comparing the number of lanes on roadways is not the basis for determining speed limits. The MOWT will continue to be a responsible government agency and will make decisions that are always in the public’s interests.”

Sinanan also urged the public to ignore the ‘purveyors of hate and fake news’ and to follow the Ministry’s official media channels for updates.

Political activist and leader of the People's Empowerment Party (PEA), Phillip Edward Alexander, went live on Facebook on Monday asking about the speed limits along the Western Main Road.

According to the Ministry of Works and Transport, speed limits for private motor vehicles with seating for less than 10 passengers outside of a built-up area, is 100 kilometres per hour, and 50 kilometres per hour within a built-up area.

Following an amendment in 2017, the speed limit for certain roadways were increased as follows:

80-kilometre speed limit for private motor vehicles (except tractors):

The Audrey Jeffers Freeway

From Ana Street to 3.60 kilometre mark at Western Main Road

Diego Martin Highway

From the 0.00 kilometre mark at Western Main Road to 4.63 kilometre mark at Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard

Valencia Stretch

That part of the Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande from 37.0 kilometre mark to 43.0 kilometre mark, commonly referred to as “the Valencia Stretch”

Rienzi-Kirton Highway

From Rushworth Street to Cipero Road

South Trunk Road Extension

From the 0.55 kilometre mark at start of grass median southwest of Oropouche Roundabout to 3.70 kilometre mark at end of grass median near Mon Desir - Delhi Road

Tobago

Claude Noel Highway

From Shirvan Junction to Bacolet Street, Tobago

Shirvan Road

From Claude Noel Highway to Grafton Road, Tobago

Auchenskeoch

Buccoo Bay Road from Shirvan Junction to Montgomery Road, Tobago

Speed limits were also increased along the Queen's Park Savannah and Valencia Bypass Road to 65 kilometres per hour.

Highways were increased to a 100-kilometre limit for private motor vehicles (except tractors)

a) Beetham Highway from 1.53-kilometre mark at Market Overpass (east) in the vicinity of the Central Market/ NP to 4.81-kilometre mark at Barataria Overpass.

b) Churchill Roosevelt Highway from 4.81-kilometre mark at Barataria Overpass to 34.8-kilometre mark at Antigua Road, Cumuto.

c) Uriah Butler Highway from 2.75-kilometre mark at Bamboo Village Overpass to 15.65-kilometre mark at Chaguanas Overpass.

d) Solomon Hochoy Highway from 15.65-kilometre mark at Chaguanas Main Road to 45.35-kilometre mark at Golconda Exit.

e) Solomon Hochoy Highway from 45.35-kilometre mark at Golconda Exit to 49.64-kilometre mark at Debe Exit 

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