Trinidad, I am not too sure about Tobago, is in line for a world award—the world’s bumpiest roads. It takes the greatest toll on suspensions, shocks and almost every moving part of any vehicle. I have studied the problem for over 50 years.
Motorists complain; public transport complains; truckers beg for relief but it doesn’t seem to matter to the Works ministry or Corporation authorities. Whenever they get around to fixing the myriad of potholes, of which there are too many to count these days—highways, main roads and secondary roads—it simply means either filling them with blue metal or bitumen (where available) and so many times without a roller.
At the end of what seems like a complicated procedure, roads in this country end up like the sea, very wavy and very hard to negotiate because roads either have little hillocks or conversely dressed-up sinks. So, drivers have to become accustomed to the wavy nature of our roads. Smooth or level roadways are a rarity.