Hike in minibus fares to be implemented by year-end

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Hike in minibus fares to be implemented by year-end


Passengers will be faced with a fare increase by the end of this year as a new price list has already been set by the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) and is likely to take effect on December 27.

NCOPT President Godfrey Ferdinand has said the decision was made to increase the minibus fares after a meeting was held with its members recently.

The increase was set at: $0.25 cents for short drops, $0.50 to $0.75 cents for medium road drops (example, Castries to Dennery) and $1 for long road drops (example, Castries to Vieux Fort.) The NCOPT plans to submit a formal correspondence of its decision to the Minister of Transport Phillip J. Pierre. Ferdinand said it will be left up to the drivers to implement it.

Ferdinand admitted that some minibus drivers are not in favour of the increase while others are.

He said: “They don’t have to implement it. They can take a vote and decide that they don’t want it in a particular route, but legally it would be in the fares.”

While some believe that a hike is needed, others believe that it is not necessary at this point. Some minibus drivers have already suggested that government subsidise the cost of fuel in order to keep the fare at the current rate.

The St. Lucia Consumer Affairs Association had also raised concerns over the increase, saying it could affect the poor population on the island. The organisation finds that there are no justifiable reasons for an increase and said they will make representation for the general public.

The NCOPT, along with various minibus associations, met with Minister Pierre Friday last and reminded the members of the economic situation on the island. He also urged them to make a collective sacrifice not to increase the minibus fares, while commending them for the role they played thus far in helping to keep the minibus fares stable.

However, a unanimous decision was made on the fare increase and will be officially changed, no later than December 27. The last minibus fare increase was in 2008.

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  1. I bought a bicycle and i have been riding to work for about a year plus. I know it may not work for everyone but if it can work for you i suggest you do it. I have saved $8.00 per day which for the year totals to about $2,000.00. The bike has already paid for it's self and i have lost 20 lbs. Win-Win situation!!!
    Maybe if more of us buy bicycles then bus drivers will begin to realize that there are alternate forms of transportation. So come on people lets take action this time and not just talk!!!

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    • Mr. Public Accountant... bus drivers don't make that figure in 8 hours... there's a queue, remember? they make 70 (your figure) an hour every few hours.. but anyway thats the problem with having an accountant do a budget. anyway, the problem lies in the level of service; the times they operate, bus drivers not stopping for me because their wives n daughters love me, etc...

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  2. Let's do the maths on the Castries to Gros-Islet route:

    $2.50 x 14 passengers = $35 (in half an hour) approximately
    That is, $70.00 an hour
    That is, $560.00 a day for 8 hours
    That is, $560. 00 x 28 days = $15,680.00

    A bus driver has the potential to make more that the Prime Minister only if they worked 8 hours a day and not 4 hours. Oh tax free I might add.

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    • Please continue the math. You have calculated projected income. Please continue your math by calculatating the projected expenditures, and then you can get the projected net income. Only then can you make comparisons with the Prime Ministers salary.

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      • No skill no brains required for bus driving. basic maths skills in multiples of 25. any jackass can do that. how should those unskilled unproductive people make so much money.

        But then again prime minister eh have no brains and he cah add: +4-5=-1. how u expect people to live in an inflationary environment. maybe he should be a bus driver too.

        if bus driving was not profitable they would not have so many people doing it. what happened when farming became unprofitable? most people left the profession. don't be duped by those lazy ass bus drivers.

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  3. Vieux Fort to Castries (Ciceron)
    $11.25*24=$270.00
    270*2=$540.00
    $540.00*12=$6480.00,this is going to be the yearly bus fare and it's similar for VF to Castries straight

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  4. Yes all the comments here points to one thing...St. Lucian needs to pray. When Sarah Flood said to us a few years ago to tie our waist and pray she was chastised. Well prohpetess Sarah Flood, God must have shown you this things. In the bible we see where the people of Isreal had the Almighty God as their king but nooooo they wanted a king. So God gave them SAUL... St, Lucia is in that mess today because we choose our SAUL... So we need wise leader like King Johasaphat, who when given a message that God would judge his kingdom, called his people together with himself, got into sack cloths and sat in ashes and cried before the Lord. Yes the Lord heard and changed his mind toward this knigdom

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  5. Those drivers want fare increase and won't even treat their customers.It's raining all window close they refuse to turn on the a/c even when their bus is equiped You in that hot bus,
    Passenger:Driver could you turn on the a/c please.
    Driver:My lady you all not paying for a/c and it burning gas.
    Always that stupid answer and they want increase.May them pay tax like everybody else see if we will hear about increase again

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  6. I cannot understand for the life of me why people keep bending to the will of those lazy drivers. Just think of it. The average person works 8 hours a day with a 1 hour lunch. You expect to get a certain salary to live a certain lifestyle because you are productive for 7 hours daily. A bus driver sits on the bus stand whole day gambling, chatting women, cussing up the place and sleeping. Why the hell should those guys be compensated the same manner in which a more productive person is. Pure BS.

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  7. When it is 6 o clock they not working. When it is raining, they not working. On a weekend, not one bus. With one hundred of them that line up there, they are making ENOUGH money during the day. Those of us that have to work on our feet day and night will have to sleep by the road. All you have to do is pass on Bridge street one a Friday evening to see a crowd of Lucians on the sidewalk and NO BUS. Hours they waiting for a bus to go to vieux fort. The drivers cutting style with their bus...man, woman and child stranded...because drivers pockets full already.

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  8. Bus fares keep going up. People have to stand in the rain and mud to board a bus and pay a high price as if is London they flying to? I mean the bus stops are shameful. The vieux fort bus stop is a pigsty and after you stand in the pigsty you have to pay $8.00 to a driver that treats their customers like dogs. What are we paying for? People will start sleeping on cardboard in Castries to work to send their children to school and the drivers will join them there shortly because the busstands will be empty.

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  9. I hope that as part of this pay hike deal bus drivers are called to take part in a mandatory customer service training courses

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  10. LOOK THE MORE BETTER DAYS ARE COMING... OOPS SORRY, I THINK KENNY AND CO. CHANGED THE SLOGAN TO SOMETHING ELSE... WHAT'S IT AGAIN? SO CREATIVE IN THEIR LIES...

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  11. Life is so unfair.some of these bus drivers are not hygienic they drink alcohol all day n when they're done they complaining theyre not making money.they're the only one with bill and feeling the squeeze its time for government to take over that bus system that's bs

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  12. They talk about raising the bus fares. What about improving the service that is being offered to the passengers or customers rather. Many drivers need some training in proper etiquette and customer service! Some of them are rude and ignorant! And some of the buses are in such a horrendous condition!As paying customers we deserve quality service. Lest not forget the customer is king!

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  13. thats jus so unfair our salary is not goin up at all but drivers alone that want an increase wen we all are suffering in these hard time my goodness

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    • I do not know your situation but you can try carpooling with someone. This might ease your burden. God is not asleep. He (God) will take care of you. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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  14. well that means persons who leave far from work will now start renting so then the bus drivers will now will b at a loss smh wat about the ppl who dont hv after they were already strugglin to send the children skol
    god will c his ppl through

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  15. I understand that a raise can be made for some routes but not all also they should do a clean up on some bus stands some of the old buses needs to go also train some of those drivers on customer service also on proper hygiene

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  16. I hope the day comes when minibus owners have to pay tax because it's a business you guys are operating.

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