Parking meters in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando are one step closer to becoming a reality.
The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO), on behalf of the Government, has now issued an Expression of Interest for a contract for the installation and operation of parking meters in the two cities.
"The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government is desirous of implementing a Parking Meter System in the cities of Port-of-Spain and San Fernando," the Express of Interest stated.
"The project has the objective of addressing the negative effects of the current free curbside parking system. The project will be undertaken using a Design Build Finance Operate Maintain Model."
A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a specific place for a limited time frame.
During a post-Cabinet briefing in July, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan announced Cabinet's decision to proceed with the parking meters in the two cities. In order to implement the parking meter system, Sinanan said the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act may need some "tweaking".
In ads published in the newspapers today, NIDCO stated, "Submission is open to all contractors registered in Trinidad and Tobago who can demonstrate that they have the expertise, experience and financial resources in projects of similar size and type as outlined in the Expression of Interest package.
"Evaluation of submissions will be based on requirements including: General background and Experience, Financial Capacity, Available Manpower and Resources, Similar Work Experience, Resources and Support System and Qualifications and Experience of Proposed Key Personnel."
NIDCO said Expression of Interest packages can be collected upon payment of a non-refundable fee of $600 and the submission deadline is September 25.