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Relaxing city parking laws not the answer

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The discussion about traffic in the capital city has remained irritatingly unresolved for years now. But it’s simply an unsustainable position for the president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association, Gregory Aboud, to complain that poorly parked vehicles were being targeted by “merciless wreckers.” That’s asking the police to nuance the law to meet business needs and that’s a line that no one should expect the police to cross.


For the Christmas shopping season, the Government has instituted a Park and Ride system that allows parking outside the city centre in the Savannah with regular bus rides to downtown Port-of-Spain. It isn’t a perfect solution to the mounting problem of traffic congestion in the city, but it’s unquestionably a step in the right direction.


Mr Aboud was correct when he noted last year that the solution isn’t elegant and that fickle shoppers might choose to simply take their business elsewhere rather than use the system. But the Doma president hasn’t offered any suggestions or support from his membership that might improve the project. Might more shoppers take advantage of the park-and-ride system if they got a small discount at stores in the city?



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