Letters to the Editor
THE EDITOR: The usual and loudest voices automatically objected to the fuel price hikes declared by the Minister of Finance. The most obvious omission from their totally predictable and superficial comments was, of course, any reference to the Public Transport Service Corporation.
Not only have none of our spokespeople for the working class and poor spoken of the dismal failure of state-sponsored public transportation, but these folks all seem to be advocating for keeping transportation as it is now. suffered and inflicted on the population.
If a study were conducted with a sample of TT vehicle occupants to determine how many road users take self-proclaimed essential journeys and how many take optional exits, it would undoubtedly reveal that many people spend hours of their lives in vehicles because they have nothing better to do.
A daily newspaper correspondent interviewed petrol station customers about fuel price increases and was told: “You can’t take your children or grandchildren as you wish now, you have to limit where you go and how you go”. Another customer said, “We will have to reduce a lot of the workouts that we used to do, especially the liming.”
The Minister of Finance has missed an opportunity. When he announced the fuel price increases, he should have had the covid19 celebrities by his side (or perhaps behind him.) Those people whose faces we know so well from having seen them day after day of the pandemic tell us the details of the TT pandemic could have explained the link between rising fuel prices and the health of the nation.
The opportunity slipped through the fingers of the Ministry of Health team to point out that the oft-spoken need to change our unhealthy lifestyles has been entrusted to us. We can all walk more, sit less hours in stressful and unnecessary traffic jams feeling guilty about our carbon footprint as we release spent hydrocarbons into the atmosphere while toxic chemicals are left behind by our tires to wash away the tarmac in our streams and our ground.
TT can be a better and healthier place for people and the environment as we rely less on motor vehicle transportation and take responsibility for our health in response to increases in fuel prices.