Watch where you park in the city! Wrecking resumes June 21st

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Watch where you park in the city! Wrecking resumes June 21st

Port of Spain Mayor, Joel Martinez, has advised that wrecking in Port of Spain will resume from June 21st.

Martinez, speaking during the Port of Spain monthly statutory meeting on Friday at City Hall, in Port of Spain, said he decided to bring back the wrecker after fire officials and police complained of difficulty passing through the streets to respond to reports.

The mayor pointed out that he too became frustrated just this past week, when he observed more people parking on corners, zebra crossings and also blocking driveways. He has also received complaints from Woodbrook residents on the same issues.

He said the corporation will use one wrecker during the first month and the corporation will ensure there is no overzealous wrecking.

Martinez said owners of private car parks have also been complaining that they are losing money as more people are choosing to park on the roadside.

“We have asked them to put carparks up in the city and they are losing money now because their capacity is only 30 per cent. They can’t operate a business like that. It’s not cheap to put up carpark structures.”

Martinez said he had written to acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob, the Traffic Management Division and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan to say he intends to bring back wrecking.

He said said “The streets are really narrow and the parking on either side has made it now narrower.

Martinez assured that the return of the wrecker is not meant to frustrate or discriminate against drivers, but to reduce congestion.