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NCOPT moving ahead with plan to raise bus fares

By SNO Staff

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Members of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) plan to meet with government soon to recommence discussions regarding the increase in bus fares.

President of the NCOPT Godfrey Ferdinand said the minibus operators are hoping that this increase could come into effect soon. He said there was a number of delays in the past, while pointing out that the last minibus fare increase was in 2008.

Ferdinand told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that despite a possible reduction in the price of fuel soon, the NCOPT will still be moving ahead to have an increase in bus fares.

“It looks ridiculous or unfair to actually ask for an increase, when fuel would actually reduce by two or three dollars, but that is not why there is another implementation. We have always delayed it, because we felt at the time that the economy could not handle it,” he explained.

Ferdinand said lower fuel cost is only one factor of the equation that would help minibus operators. He stressed that they are also faced with enduring high costs for maintenance and purchasing of vehicle parts.

Meanwhile, the NCOPT head reminded that minibus operators have been very lenient, in that they were able to withstand a number of delays for an increase in bus fares.  He said the time has now come for the increase to be fully implemented.

The NCOPT had proposed a set price of: $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.)

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39 comments

  1. They should reduce the fare cause the price of gas is so low

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  2. They should reduce the fare cause the price of gas is so low now.....

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  3. There are certain sectors in this country which are used to receiving handouts from the pockets of tax paying citizens. Public transport is one of them- when you give someone bad habits it is always difficult to break them. Bus drivers fail to realize that they run a very private business. They provide a public service, but so do tray vendors on street corners. All businesses suffer in a down economy. As far as I am concerned, it is now time for them to get creative with how they provide their service and quit trying to squeeze the public with their greedy demands. They are a crass, uncooperative lot who keep fighting each other to achieve their aims. They need to improve the service to even begin to justify this increase demand.

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  4. If the fuel prices would be reduced why would the NCOPT want to raise the bus fare?
    I really do not see any logics in that.

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  5. Many of you have valid points.. these issues should be addressed before a raise is approved they need a standard schedule, some of the buses are horrible, they operate how they want not to serve the public there's no public restroom at no bus stands something really need to happen. ..#ionlyvisitsaintlucia!

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  6. This all stems down to the way in which government takes care of the country. The bus drivers have large sums to pay on maintenance and vehicle parts, but look at the state of the roads in our country. Especially from Anse La Raye down to Soufriere, it's like this place is forgotten, it's no wonder why the buses need so much attention. The people who were "voted for by the people for the people" are not looking at the important stuff. If they deal with the problem at the core, then there would be no need for such drastic measures, just now people won't go anywhere?

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  7. If you have so many complaints about the bus services, you should all boycott the buses and drive your personal vehicles to get around. You could carpool with each other. Everything in St. Lucia is expensive but you go right along with it and make bad choices in choosing your government. The bus drivers are entrepreneurs and have to make a living too. If you don't like it, fill your gas tanks and drive your own. End of story.

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  8. i even hear mini bus drivers boast the 300 aday they can make choops not even ministers makin that kinda money

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  9. Time to scrap these mini buses and bring in some large omnibuses ,and set a fixed tariff. Some of the operators will be put out of business and that's where they will understand.

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  10. Well I would say the bus driver are greedy. Who feels it knows it. Gas prices keep going up. If u were a bus driver mate ud had a different opinion. Not only considering gas prices vehicle maintainance is pretty expensive . But u do have a strong point, everything but salaries are going up. And it makes no sense! But we hbe no togetherness those who benefit from all the bs going on in this place will not want to join those who it is affecting. It's our country not theirs we are the ones voting ( btw I'm not into politics have never voted and never will ) but please stop killing out sweet st Lucia slowly! (I think it's a better idea to reduce gas than raise bus fare!)

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  11. Don't understand why Government is effecting a pay hike for a group of self employed individuals.

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  12. gas going down un dem mun want raise whereas d fellers happy already smh

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  13. Somebody care if they mashing up their vans chpz tun

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  14. This is such a sad situation considering a large majority earn less than $1000 a month. Top that with the increase in bread n other commodities. Now bus fare. The worst thing is these bus drivers stop on the routes most times before 8:00pm leaving alot of people stranded. The public transport system in St. Lucia is a real embarrassment

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  15. The funniest statement from what i read is about the maintenance! Oh please some of these drivers have their vehicle in a bad state. You hearing strange noises when it driving. The sits r falling apart, both interior n exterior dirty ! Sometimes even the driver dirty! So i agree with the statement someone made earlier about inspections n getting rid of the unacceptable buses. After all if they getting an increase so they can better maintain theor vehicle we should put certain standards in place.

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  16. If bus fare raise a lot of drivers have to wear they bullet proof skin to drive

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  17. Time for bus drivers to pay income tax like everyone else.

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  18. IF there should be an increase, some things need to be done.

    1. An official from the ministry should ensure the buses are in an operational state, remove all these 'barrow' buses on the road by the time you fold the seat a piece of iron shooting out.. the seats cut up if you have stockings hard luck, by the time you sit down somebody knee ready to enter your back!!

    2. Majority of the drivers HAVE A VERY BAD ODOUR, moreover, they need to have proper working attire some of their clothes I just don't know!!!

    3. EVERY bus should have the list of bus fares stamped by officials and shouldn't be removed at all not even 3 years down the line (Some drivers by the time a year pass they remove the list from their bus).

    So before increasing bus fare, please contemplate this thoroughly!!

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  19. This is so ridiculous. You all bus drivers want to make poor ppl poorer. Gas going down and you all want a raise. Choops. The government should order coasters and some buses of they own and put them on the bus stand as soon as you all take action cause is poor ppl that feeling it.

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  20. MARCH! PROTEST! I Will be there! We cannot accept that. Drivers getting enough from our pockets! They pay no tax and want everything.

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  21. A BRT System should really be implemented for St. Lucia cause Even though having your own bus may secure you with a job and money for your own, at the end of the day bus drivers are thinking of themselves, as many of us are. The transportation system should be a service to benefit the public though...This does not benefit the public. St. Lucia needs to move forward efficiently and stop trying to please every single sector that complains.

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  22. Let them raise bus fare .....one riot will happen...salops

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  23. The bus fares have remained the same from 2008. VAT was implemented - the fares stayed the same. Fuel prices went up - the fares remained the same. Do not attack the drivers. They deserve an increase after 6 years. They have mouths to feed and bills to pay too. Fuel is not all that gets a vehicle going. Servicing and other repairs are costly. They pay vehicle insurance and for the renewal of their licenses and God alone knows what else.

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    • I beg ur pardon? r u seriously defending these guys?? I pay insurance, licenses and god knows what else for my car but you don't see me making noise for money, private vehicle or not, stop defending these crooks who wouldn't think twice to cut across you in the "four lane" for a few extra bucks like your life ain't worth it............

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    • When the public sector asked for an increase it was vehemently opposed but I digress. With regards to the bus drivers, their main reason for an increase was high gas prices, but that is no longer the case so on what grounds should bus fares increase? Plus they pay no taxes....

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    • vat was implemented NOBODY got and increase in salary ur'll bus drivers r at work jus like everbody else we dont get increase since OMG i cant even remember so i really dont understand where the drivers r coming from

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  24. These mini bus drivers think is their mouth only that open to eat. Choops. Their ass jus too dam large.

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  25. Can't believe this!!!!

    The government needs to put their own buses on the road and have one set price, that ting about everyone have their own bus and saying parts expensive things hard, thats nonsense!!!! Chpz. Do something Kenny, u wanted the sit, u got it now do your job and help out the people of Saint Lucia!!!!

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  26. Ferdinand should keep quiet about maintenance, because he used the rebate to open an auto parts store, so that the mini bus driver can get their parts cheaper. I would not pay extra for bus when the driver is abusive, drunk, stinks and the seating is horrible. Ferdinand should fix these issues and to ensure that the procedures are maintained

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  27. Here goes VAT!

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  28. okay , the bus drivers wants an increase in bus fares . when people's salaries are still the same . My take on all of this if the government implements this then it should be followed by Govern laws , where these Mini buses must undergo an inspection every three months and those that fail will be off the road until the owner can have it in proper condition . I just don't get these mini bus driver's its like they are the only ones feeling the financial strain . Put your'll buses in proper conditions so customers can get a comfortable ride to their respective destinations . Especially the Vieux Fort to Castries buses i have to deal with metal to my ass and back everyday come on man .

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  29. VAT is everywhere!

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  30. Most useless set of bums in St. Lucia and we have quite a few of them. Those guys jsu sit and relax in their buses for most of the day. They gambling cussing up a storm and are unproductive for most of their work day. Why should they be compensated like people who work for 8 hours a day.

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  31. Gas prices going down and these greedy f.. want increase the fairs.....that will kill the minimum wage people

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  32. The exact thing i was speaking bout every f ing Time dem drivers having a hike---and the workers still working 20$ a day(just an example)----in one way i dont really blâme them i blâme the Workers union who is only one sided---soon we Will see them crying for those who are already getting a passable salary and we the other Donkeys continue to work with less water to drink---F those ppl tan---i think a hike in bus fares should have its own place in parlement ---haha---How many Times a year do they raise prices but the better question is that y when the prices abroad has gone down y dont the fare also---it stays the same and then another hike adds up on it----the transport board is the thief for not bringing the prices back to normal----jus now it Will be 20$ to Castries-----The Country with the highest bus fare----Go to hell dat NCOPT and please find someone who knows How to rule----its Time Lucians say f dat and call a stike---

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  33. GTFO!! Oil & Gas Prices Are At A Low & Them Asshole People(NCOPT & Government) Wanna Raise Bus Fares! REALLY!! I Eh Lyin For Dem People Chpz!

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  34. wow really so many ppl have not received "raise" since God knows wen the damn bus driver r jus too damn greedy.

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    • persons have know father to help,work money dont have enough,children are not able to go to school Now this, and dont say i dont know what i am talking about because i assit people. in one day in one day out.Jesus love children why are they the ones alway suffering Especially the (Boys)people just like to know they have alot of money and food and other dont have.Jesus is coming soon.

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