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NCOPT submits new proposal; bus fare increases put on hold

By SNO Staff

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NCOPT President Godfrey Ferdinand.

The National Council on Public Transportation has submitted a new proposal to the government for consideration.

This was done today, when NCOPT executives met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Phillip J. Pierre and his team to discuss the pending bus fare increases.

NCOPT President Godfrey Ferdinand told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the government has up to March 10, to respond to the proposal. However, until then, there will be no increase in bus fares.

Ferdinand did not disclose the content of that proposal, but said that the meeting was a very productive one.He said both parties were able to discuss a number of issues relating to the transportation sector.

“We are now looking forward to a response based on our proposal. But it was a very productive meeting. We sat and discussed a few issues we would like government to consider,” he said.

During an exclusive interview with SNO on January 21, Ferdinand had said the council will be requesting a further reduction in the price for fuel. He said that the NCOPT would seal the deal with government if fuel is reduced to EC$12.75 per gallon for minibus operators.

“That was the price for fuel the last time bus fares were raised. Anything above that puts us in loss situation and we have compromised a lot. We just want to hear what they are offering us. If we are not pleased we will know what to do,” he told SNO.

Ferdinand had also said the council would agree to a rebate, if government were to facilitate the process, in order to halt the increase in bus fares. “Based on what is presently happening to the economy, I think the rebate would be the best thing for all parties.”

The NCOPT president also said members will not accept another deadline extension for bus fare increases. He said the council has done so many times before and they need to put a stop to the uncertainty in terms of the increases and come to an agreement with the government.

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.) The last increase was in 2008.

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24 comments

  1. Raise!!!!!! Those fools bus driver need to start paying tax

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  2. This guy is an opportunist using bus drivers just as his predecessor who placed him there . Bus drivers BEWARE!

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  3. Every so many years, BUS FARES increasing and MY SALARY IS THE SAME! At what point will there will be a cap on the bus fares? when it will cost $25 to travel from Castries to Soufriere? BUS DRIVERS, IF YOU ALL NOT MAKING MONEY, GET OFF THE ROAD! GO AND PLANT BANJA IN THE HEIGHTS!!!!!!! Get yall hands out of me pockets...just a few coins left to buy bread...choops!!!

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  4. The bus drivers not seeing what's going on, FERDI wants money

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  5. 12.75 is still to damn high, we import a lot more oil than st kitts and st vincent therefore we should pay less. One of the statements that had me: giving the government up to march 10th to respond to the proposal ( 6 weeks time frame: you might as well just tell bus drivers to wait on this inconsiderate government to make adjustments to the prices when he sees it fit) What if we were to say that NCOPT is in bed with the government.

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    • well said. Never seen more crap than this. I wonder if bus drivers will accept this crap from Godfrey. I hate it when people are being hypocrites. Best you just tell them wait for the next adjustments

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  6. THE BUS DRIVERS WILL GET NOTHING.BUS DRIVERS LOOK OUT GODFREE WILL SELL YOU ALL OUT.

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  7. the country in turmoil! Politics take over everything! even bus drivers polititians too!! bus drivers need training in financial management no rebate can save them if they squander their earnings in their choice of lifestyles

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  8. Why do bus drivers act like they are the only one buying fuel smh

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  9. RAISE, NO RAISE, RAISE, NO RAISE, RAISE NO RAISE, RAISE. NAKE UP YOUR BLOODY MIND.

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  10. Why are bus fares set by government instead of being capped by government? All buses charge the same fare; but what if I wish to operate a few "yellow" or " blue" buses at a lower price than am I allowed to do so?

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  11. Generally as one approaches a General Election the government of the day becomes very flexible and persons negotiating with a government around this time get what they want.
    That is the power and fear of the ti-croix vote.

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  12. I'd like to see " statement of cash flow " lmao from bus operators , that way we can know about the loses this guy is talking about . It's a buisness right . Do they operate as a buisness entity ? Do they pay buisness tax ? The two( was it 3) occasions they got rebate why didn't the NCOPT invest same in fuel stations and parts which seem to be their biggest concern , hell all members buying at cost .. Well manged . Um I'm just saying . Any where economically we are in trouble , why for now they dont brainstorm amongst themselves and have their own cost cutting measures ?

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  13. Godfrey how many more going to be the last meeting. Shame on you'll bus drivers

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  14. After urll already charging lil kids prices of grown ups urll want to raise fares urll too greedy further more fuel prices hav already been decreased so why the hell urll want a raise

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  15. It is clear that the NCOPT is in some deal with this Labour party government.Election campaign is just around the corner and the services of the minibus will be required.The campaign money from bridge construction is also high on the agenda

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  16. Why is Fedinand hiding the proposal, we need to know

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  17. nonsense. yall bus drivers said you at a lost in the bus fares, if you all at a lost get off the road and go find something else to do.if you in a business and you not doing well , get off that business. stop depending on the government . We all are suffering and not only you bus drivers. secondly some of those buses are in a deploral conditions.

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  18. I was hoping they would fight for a further reduction in gas prices for all, not selected few.

    Greedy goats!

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  19. my last increase was uhmmm.........sigh.i am going into a depression phase Mr.Ferdinand. We all need a raise.. Sad , the state of our economy.

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  20. Has it been considered that there has not been increase of salaries in the private sector for decades? And the labour act has no significance , leaving the bus dependant public in dire straits. Mind u the majority of commuters hang on a string

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  21. Rebate you all want

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