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Thursday, March 23, 2006 – Traffic Management in the city of Castries is said to be one of the most pressing challenges that the Transport Board is continuing to address.

Executive Secretary of the St. Lucia Transport Board Ms. Annette Augustine said Board members are acutely aware of the situation facing motorists. Ms. Augustine says Parking in particular remains a point of concern for the entity which has responsibility for making recommendations to the Head of the Ministry.

“As you would realise most of our problems exists within the city. When you get to the outskirts, it really tends to take care of itself but within the centre of business, the focus over the years has been on the issue of parking.”

The Board, which has responsibility to make recommendations for traffic management in the city of Castries to the Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, says that the issue of parking is one of the most pressing challenges that the Transport Board continues to address.

During a National Television Network discussion with members of the Transport Board, Representative of the Saint Lucia Insurance Council Ms. Arlette Bailey said another concern for the board is the violation of traffic laws.”

“A lot of times the legislation is there; the rules are there for parking. We've outlined what the basic rules are, we've done a lot in terms of licensing and trying to increase the capabilities of our drivers by insisting on the defensive driving course - that was a major input by the Insurance Council many years ago - but basically all of it comes down to how can we make people do what they know they have to do.”

The Transport Board of the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities consists of a wide cross section of stakeholders.

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