Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, is warning citizens that there will be no extension of the Moratorium for Vehicle Inspection Stickers, which expires today, Monday 31st December 2018. You will be charged $5,000 for lack of a valid Vehicle Inspection Sticker from 1st January 2019.
In an interview with LoopTT today, Minister Sinanan notes that if a Driver is pulled over and can show that they have a date for Inspection within a few days following the end of the Moratorium today, the Inspection Officers would take that into consideration. Otherwise, there would be no leniency on the mater.
Read Minister Sinanan’s comments below from his interview with LoopTT.
We will not be granting any extension on this Moratorium. If we were to extend (the Moratorium) we will end up in the same position as before with people rushing in the last two days to get their vehicles inspected and get their Inspection Stickers.
The Meteorological Office of Trinidad & Tobago has issued a Hazardous Seas Alert (Yellow Level) from 2pm on Saturday 29th December until 5pm on Monday 31st December 2018.
Strong Low Level Winds are expected to affect sea conditions with waves of 2.5m to 3m and occasionally higher across Tobago and Eastern/Northern Trinidad.
See the Hazardous Seas Alert below for more information.
The Explosives (Prohibition of Scratch Bombs) Order 2018 was officially signed today (Friday 28th December 2018) by the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young. Cabinet previously announced their decision to make Scratch Bombs totally illegal on 22nd November 2018.
Many pet owners and elderly citizens in particular are rejoicing today as this action has been requested for many years.
Today’s official signing of the Order prohibits any person from manufacturing, importing, keeping, conveying or selling Scratch Bombs in Trinidad & Tobago with immediate effect. The signing of this Order comes just days before the end of the year, which is notorious for the heavy use of Scratch Bombs.
Any person found to be in breach of the Order may be liable upon indictment, to a very hefty Fine of $20,000 or ten (10) years in Prison or forfeiture of the items.
See the Ministry’s Media Release below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is reminding citizens to obey all Speed Limits as it releases local statistics which show that ‘speeding’ is the main contributing factor (55%) to fatal road traffic crashes in Trinidad & Tobago.
Below is a breakdown of the other contributing factors by percentage.
UPDATE (31/12/18): Minister Sinanan has confirmed that there will be NO extension of the Moratorium.
UPDATE (28/12/18): Back in June 2018, TTPS announced the crackdown on Vehicle Inspection Stickers and after a 5-month Moratorium, dozens of motorists are now lining up at various Inspection Stations around the country. Expect to possibly join a long line if you have yet to get your vehicle inspected.
Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, is warning citizens that there should be no excuse for failing to have a Vehicle Inspection Sticker after the 5-month Moratorium ends on 31st December 2018.
Minister Sinanan is also reminding citizens that the Ministry had previously approved an additional sixty (60) Inspection Stations. The crackdown on Vehicle Inspection Stickers begin on 1st January 2019, with offenders facing a hefty $5,000 Fine.
However, some citizens are calling for an extension of the current Moratorium - but this is very unlikely to happen.
Watch the video below from CNC3’s Jannelle Bernard and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied.
The Queen’s annual Christmas Speech was shown on British Television today after Her Majesty’s busy schedule which included attending the Christmas Morning Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Watch the full broadcast below of the Queen’s Christmas Speech and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, is denying there is any outbreak of Malaria in Trinidad & Tobago - despite 38 confirmed cases in 2018 so far.
At a Media Conference hosted by the Ministry of Health today, Minister Deyalsingh stated that 36 of those confirmed cases were imported from Ghana and Guyana.
The mosquito which spreads Malaria is known to bite from roughly 6pm to 6am and therefore it is critical that persons sleep under Bed-Nets and take preventative methods to reduce the spread of the disease.
See the official statement below by the Ministry of Health and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Forget “New Year’s Resolutions” - as we say farewell to 2018, many Trinis start to wonder about how many Public Holidays and long weekends we can look forward to in the new year.
Unfortunately, 2019 would not have as many official long weekends as 2018 - but if you plan correctly (cough: call in sick), you can benefit from a few extra long weekends in 2019.
See all the Public Holidays below for 2019 and keep in mind that Eid ul-Fitr and Divali are tentative until officially declared.
At least 222 deaths have been reported by Disaster Teams in Indonesia after a large Tsunami struck early on Sunday 23rd December 2018. Nearly 850 people are being treated for various injuries.
The Tsunami swept over Fishing Ports and hundreds of people at a Beach Concert featuring Indonesian Band “Seventeen,” without warning.
Oystein Lund Andersen, a Norwegian witness who was on a family trip on the coast of Anyer Beach, wrote on Facebook about what he saw:
Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it. Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground through forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of by the locals. We’re unharmed, thankfully.
Authorities have warned the death toll could significantly increase as they widen their searches. At least 28 people are reported as missing and over 500 buildings have been destroyed or heavily damaged.
The exact cause of the Tsunami is still being investigated and debated - some experts suggested the eruption of Krakatoa on Saturday night triggered it while others say an underwater Trench may have collapsed.
Underwater Landslides due to a volcanic eruption of Mount Krakatau may have been the cause of a Tsunami which unexpectedly hit several coastal areas of Indonesia early Sunday (23rd December 2018).
Coastal areas affected include Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung in Indonesia.
At least 20 people have been killed and 160 injured according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Public Relations at Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency. A number of people are still missing and dozens of buildings have been damaged.
This is a developing story - stay tuned for updates.
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