Postal codes in Trinidad and Tobago

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The government approved the introduction of postal codes in Trinidad and Tobago starting in 2012, but as of 2016 the system is not yet in operation.

As announced in 2012, each code would be a six-digit number, with the first two digits indicating one of 72 postal districts (64 in Trinidad, eight in Tobago).[1] Although it was piloted in Point Fortin in 2013[2] and later tested in four other Trinidad communities, as well as the island of Tobago, government officials said in 2016 that the required mapping was not yet complete, and the legislative framework for the changes had never been implemented.[3]

Example[edit]

According to Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, an envelope using the postcode may be properly addressed thus:[1]

Mr James Doe
71 Beechwood Road
Goodside Gardens,
Diego Martin, 120110
Trinidad and Tobago

In the example above, the digits "12" refer to the delivery office in Diego Martin Regional Corporation; "01" to a certain delivery route served by that office; and "10" to a certain building or zone along that delivery route.[4]

History[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation officially launched the system March 28, 2012, promising that residents and businesses would receive a postcard informing them of their new postal code "before the end of the year".[1] In May 2016, the estimated completion date was given as "within a year or two."[3]

In May 2011, TTPost said it planned to develop a postal code system in part because it is more efficient to sort mail using automated sorting machines, and in part because many areas in Trinidad and Tobago use vague or imprecise descriptive addresses based on "word of mouth and the use of landmarks". TTPost also said it also hoped develop a universal standard for addressing.[5]

“Many of our business and residential addresses regularly include features such as lamp pole numbers, street addresses without a building number, lot numbers and mile markers and the phrase ‘corner of’ as means of identification," said Trinidad and Tobago Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh in 2013. “Such elements may be easily understood by those living in a community, but they not only make mail delivery tedious, but can also slow down the response of fire service and ambulance personnel who are responding to an emergency in the area."[2]

Postal workers' representatives noted that along with increased efficiency in mail sorting, the system is expected to accompany a loss in mail sorter jobs. Advocates of the postal code system touted several side benefits. Classifying every address in a geographical postal code could aid in statistical analysis of crime and health care, for example.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bagoo, Andre (March 29, 2012). "Postal Code Coming Soon". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Sascha (January 11, 2013). "Point Fortin First in T&T to Adopt New Postal Code". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ramdass, Anna (May 15, 2016). "TTPost Still Working on Zip Code System". Trinidad Express. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (March 28, 2012). "Trinidad & Tobago Postal Code System (TT-PCS)". TTPost.net. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Baal, Reshma (May 13, 2011). "TT to Have Postal Code Addressing System". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved March 29, 2012.