The Ministry of Transport was formed as a separate entity of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in June 2011.
The Ministry has under it’s a responsibility for all aspects of public transportation by land, sea or air.
As such there are several government agencies and departments that come under its purview. Among these are the Public Transport Services Corporation, the Licensing Division, the Vehicle Management Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (VMCOTT), the Maritime Division the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition the Ministry of Transport has oversight over the operations of the Port of Point Lisas, the Water Taxi Service and the National Helicopter Services Limited.
Under the guidance of the Minister of Transport, Minister Chandresh Sharma the Ministry continues to make tremendous strides as it seeks to transform the transportation sector to make it more efficient, customer friendly and cost effective for the travelling public of Trinidad and Tobago.
With this in mind the Ministry has identified several areas to be addressed in this transformation process. Key among these is the vision of transforming the licensing division into the proposed Motor Vehicle Authority, an organization that will be citizen centric and dedicated to service delivery.
It is also expected to result in the introduction of new secure drivers permits leading to a reduction in the incidents of identification fraud.
The Ministry of Transport, fully cognizant of the contribution of the transportation sector to the country’s carbon footprint, is assiduously pursuing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly products for use in its various modes of public transportation. To this end the Ministry has undertaken in collaboration with its partners, the construction of several CNG stations strategically located across the country. The sod has already been turned for two such stations at the PTSC and VMCOTT compounds at South Quay and Beetham Gardens respectively.
The PTSC has also embarked on a project to equip its fleet with GPS tracking systems. The Corporation is also in the process of acquiring specially outfitted buses to cater to the needs of the differently abled in the society. The Corporation has also recently re-opened the Arima Terminal Facility and has introduced services to many rural communities including Brasso Seco, Carapo and Mundo Nuevo among others.
The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago which has oversight for the operations of Piarco and ANR Robinson International airports is undertaking several infrastructural projects designed to improve the delivery of services at the nation’s airports .The AATT also recently launched its new website which provides users of the airports with accurate up to the minute information on flights and services relevant to their needs , as well as up to date information on business opportunities with the Authority .
The Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Administration has recently undertaken refurbishment work at the various licensing office in a bid to improve the level of service offered to the public.
The Ministry also recently commissioned a new passenger facility at King’s Wharf in San Fernando for users of the Water Taxi service. Additional parking spaces have also been provided the commuters who wish to park their vehicles and utilize the service to and from work or business in Port of Spain.