Passengers claim that minibus drivers who operate from Gros Islet using the Monchy and Bonne Terre Roads are overcharging them.
One woman told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she is not happy about it, because while the bus fare is $2.25, some drivers are demanding an extra 25 cents.
Another passenger claims that bus drivers operating that route would sometime charge $1 extra, especially during the peak hours and in the evenings.
However, these complaints are being made despite a recent announcement made by Transport Minister Phillip J. Pierre that there will be no change in bus fares.
The minister said last week that after consultation with the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association, they agreed to conduct a shuttle service from Castries to the Rodney Bay Mall and from the Rodney Bay Mall to Gros Islet.
“There will be no change in bus fares. Each bus will be identified for the service they provide. We are very grateful for the cooperation and support of the drivers of the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association,” he stated.
President of the Gros Islet Minibus Association Claudius Joseph told SNO that his organisation nor the ministry have received any such reports and believes that it could only be one malicious person.
“As far as I am concerned, I am on the road everyday and the gentleman from the Ministry of Transport Mr. Nigel Joseph we are on the road everyday, and we have not received one complaint,” he said.
Francis said if anybody can prove that the minibus drivers are overcharging, then they are asked to collect the minibus number and have it reported to the association on telephone numbers 285-5577 or 285-4950.
The ministry is currently undertaking repairs to a culvert located in the southbound lane of the Gros Islet Castries Roadway opposite the Rodney Bay Mall.