Motorists line up at the pumps yesterday at the Unipet Service Station

A Unipet Service Station on the Eastern Main Road, St Augustine. 

United Independent Petroleum Marketing Company Ltd (Unipet) gas stations have been reopened after being closed due to “lack of funds to purchase fuel”.

Unipet chief executive officer Dexter Riley confirmed yesterday that the stations have been reopened but said the ability to stay open is still at risk.

On Tuesday, all 25 Unipet stations across the country stopped offering service and motorists were met with “no gas” signs when they turned up to fill their tanks. Motorists had to be redirected to National Petroleum (NP) stations to get fuel for their vehicles.

Riley said then the closures were due to low profit margins and a lack of funds to purchase fuel.

The Trinidad and Tobago Petroleum Dealers Association (PDA) also complained of “unsustainable” operating margins, saying the dealers’ expenses amount to more than their income.

Contacted yesterday, Riley said the issue has been temporarily rectified.


ONE of Trinidad and Tobago’s senior banking executives has confirmed that most of the automated teller machines (ATMs) in the local banking system are not currently configured for polymer notes.

Trinidad and Tobago consumes one billion litres of fuel a year. That’s for just over one million cars on the road. For a population of 1.3 million.

Women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago cannot walk the streets without being harassed by dirty men with foul mouths who brazenly make offensive comments which can range from “baby yuh sweet and sexy” to explicit remarks about female genitalia.

ONE man was gunned down yesterday afternoon in Laventille. The deceased was identified as Jmarie Villarel. Villarel was also known as “Pokey from Trou Macaque”, police said.