MiyVue.com understands that on Wednesday, 16th March, 2011, three checkpoints: one at Canada, one at Camps and the other in the St. Peters area, were set up from 7:00 a.m. and a number of vehicles stopped and checked to ensure that they along with their drivers were compliant with the federation’s traffic regulations.
The Department has reported that of the 33 tickets which were issued during the two-hour exercise, one was issued to a person who was not wearing their seatbelt, one for an expired licence, two for defective number plates, one for “no appropriate number plate”, one for unauthorised lights, three for defective tyres, seven for unlicenced vehicles and 17 tickets were issued to persons whose vehicles bore inappropriate tinting.
Head of the Traffic Department, Inspector Cromwell Henry, told MiyVue.com that such operations are necessary and are in the best interest of all road users. He noted however, that the Department continues to receive complaints from those who deem it unnecessary for these exercises to take place during the time of day when most persons are hurrying to their places of employment. He apologised for the inconvenience but explained that this takes place for good reason.
“Some persons complain about our timing and question whether or not we can do it at a time when it would cause less inconvenience to them. I would respond to that this way: we understand that there is some inconvenience that is caused by our operations but the timing was selecting based on the volume of vehicles on the road. We believe we can get maximum impact or effect from the op at a time when most vehicles are using the road. Any other time, the volume is not as great.
“We try our best to minimise the inconvenience to those persons who are not in anyway offending the regulations but it is inevitable that there will be some inconvenience while we are checking for those who are in fact in violation.”