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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - Tackling the vexing issue of parking within the city circuit has been placed high on the priorities of the Transport Department. Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Felix Finisterre has indicated that several recommendations for addressing the parking problem coming from a study undertaken by the Agence Francais de Developpment (AFD) will be implemented under the new financial year.

Minister Finisterre explained that the putting in place of mechanisms to implement the recommendations begun last year, with the passing of a new traffic act that makes provision for the setting up of a paid parking authority. A vital component will be the construction of two main bus terminals in the city of Castries.

“The vision that we have is not to be a burden on the state but rather as you put your parking meters, as you put in place your new parking wardens and the like and get the fines being paid, the two parking terminals will represent an investment by the Castries Parking Authority which shall be self financing based on the dues and what people pay, said Finisterre. He indicated that there is also a plan to take the bus terminals out of the city centre and instead place them on the outskirts of the city.

The Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities he said would be addressing the indiscriminate parking of heavy duty trailer vehicles along main thoroughfares. The Ministry has already begun discussions with a national agency which has control and ownership of lands, for the development a trailer park.

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