Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, has revealed that at least 16 people may have been caught in the web of an ongoing police probe, into possible fraud at the Licensing Office.
The minister says the three year project to modernise and computerise the day-to-day operations at Licensing, has made it impossible for irregularities to remain hidden.
He confirms that they have been cooperating with police, and he expects that as the initiative continues, more illegal behaviour will be uncovered.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in delivering on a mandate to effect the removal of derelict vehicles from the entrance to the Police Academy, St. James, thereby improving the image of the compound and by extension, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
Government has amended the necessary adjustments to allow for commercial vehicles with a maximum gross weight of 3,200 kgs to be inspected at private inspection stations.
The Ministry of Works and Transport issued the following statement on Tuesday.
"The national community is reminded of Government’s decision on July 5, 2018, to grant a five (5) month moratorium to drivers and owners of motor vehicles to allow sufficient and reasonable time to ensure that their vehicles are lawfully inspected in accordance with the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations.
A construction company has been ordered to return 13 vehicles which were seized from the Cepep Company Limited to recoup a $1.5 million debt earlier this year.
Appellate Judges Peter Jamadar, Gregory Smith and Prakash Moosai granted the order at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Monday, as they ruled in favour of the State-owned special purpose company in its appeal against Tora Bora Construction and Contractors Limited.
A total of 211 vehicles were either stolen or taken in robberies this year, up to March 31st.
The Police Service says Tiidas and Nissan B14 vehicles have been the most targetted vehicles.
The following is a statement from the Police Service:
"Today we wish to bring to you an update on the crimes of Larceny Motor Vehicle and Robberies of Motor Vehicles across Trinidad and Tobago.