In an exclusive interview with miyvue.com, Henry explained that during the period September 1999 and September 2010 there has been a drastic increase in the amount of registered vehicles on the island.
“In 1999 we had just over 9,000 registered vehicles, today we have over 15,500. It’s hard to believe but it is visible each time you get stuck in traffic everyday in Basseterre”, the Inspector stated.
The question being asked is how can this problem be curbed?
“Only the owners of these vehicles can assist in helping the situation, unless there are new roads,” said Inspector Henry.
Car pooling, leaving your vehicles at home and using public transportation were just some of the ways the Inspector outlined can be done to reduce the heavy, day to day, Basseterre traffic.
The Inspector complained that there are still too many people who live in walking distance from their jobs in Basseterre, but everyday they elect to drive into the city centre, occupying many of the best parking spots.
One of the immediate steps being taken by the Traffic Department is the restriction of the flow of traffic on Central Street, to flow in a One Way direction, effective Monday 25th October.
Henry said that, between the hours of 7:00am-7:00pm, vehicles will only be allowed to travel from west, from the point of Church Street, to east in the direction of Independence Square.