State of Emergency: Curfew extended in Trinidad and Tobago

The Emergency Powers (Curfew) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order, 2011 sets out 5 new curfew areas. These areas are specified in 5 new Schedules that have been added to the Emergency Powers (Curfew) Order, 2011.

The curfew period for these new areas is effective between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. with effect from September 14, 2011.

The specified areas have been demarcated using the electoral district boundaries as set out in the Elections and Boundaries Commission (Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly) Order, 2009 (Legal Notice No. 129 of 2009). These electoral districts are used for Local Government Elections.

The new curfew areas are as follows:

Area Electoral District
Toco Electoral District of Toco/Fishing Pond in the Regional Municipality Electoral Area of Sangre Grande  (Seventh Schedule of the Order)
Maloney, La Horquetta, Windy Hill, Arouca Electoral Districts of Mausica/Maloney; Wallerfield/La Horquetta; and La Florissante/Cleaver  in the Regional Municipality Electoral Area of Tunapuna/Piarco  (Eighth Schedule of the Order)
Carli Bay, Couva; McBean, Couva; Claxton Bay; Dow Village, California; Chase Village, Carapichaima; Electoral Districts of Felicity/Calcutta/Mc Bean; Claxton Bay/Pointe-a-Pierre; California/Point Lisas; St. Mary’s/Edinburgh; and Perseverance/Waterloo in the Regional Municipality Electoral Area of Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo  (Ninth Schedule of the Order)
Cedros Electoral District of Cedros in the Regional Municipality Electoral Area of Siparia  (Tenth Schedule of the Order)
Moruga Electoral District of Moruga in the Regional Municipality Electoral Area of Princes Town (Eleventh Schedule of the Order)

Coastal Zones Restriction 

Coastal Zones will be restricted between 11p.m. and 4 a.m. with effect from September 14, 2011 as set out in the Emergency Powers (Coastal Zone Restriction) Order, 2011. The coastal zone extends three nautical miles seaward from the coastlines of the islands of Trinidad, Monos, Huevos, Chacachacare, Gaspar Grande, Carrera and Crondstadt and the Five Islands and falling within the territorial sea, archipelagic waters and internal waters of Trinidad and Tobago.

Restriction

No person is allowed to pilot a vessel between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the coastal zone unless that person has received a permit in writing from the Chief of Defence Staff.

Application for a permit or exemption

Persons may apply for a permit or an exemption by writing to the Chief of Defence Staff, Defence Force Headquarters, Chaguaramas.

Exemptions

The following vessels are exempted from the application of the coastal zone restriction:

  • Vessels of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (Coast Guard), the Police Service, the Customs and Excise Division and any other vessels in the official service of the State
  • Vessels anchored in the coastal zone between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • Vessels exempted by the Chief of Defence Staff in writing.

Penalty for breach of curfew

Any person who breaches the coastal zone restriction is liable to a fine of fifty thousand dollars  ($50,000.00).

Mr. Hansen Stewart, B.A.; Msc.; Msc,
Advisor to the Honourable Attorney General, Senator Anand Ramlogan

Ministry of the Attorney General,
6th Floor,
Cabildo Chambers,
23-27 St.Vincent Street,
Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad, West Indies.

868-623-7010 Ext. 2600

868-623-4282(Direct Line)

868-792-2820(Mobile)
868-625-6578(Fax)

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