Transport minister to meet with committee to discuss possible minibus fare increase

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Minister Pierre * Photo credit: stluciaparliament.com.

Minibus operators are due for an increase in fares this September, but this decision is not yet cast in stone and will be further ventilated over the comings weeks.

A meeting is scheduled this Friday between Transport Minister Philip J. Pierre, the committee responsible for revising the minibus fares, and other members of the National Council of Public Transportation (NCOPT).

The minister has said that a promise was made to meet regularly with the committee to discuss the minibus fare increase, among other issues.

Asked whether he plans to throw his support behind the increase in minibus fares, Pierre said, “The minister doesn’t deal with bus fares. That is dealt with by a committee. The committee will meet and they will make a decision.”

In keeping with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2001, the Cabinet of ministers had appointed a committee to review public minibus fares. The committee held its first meeting on September 25, 2012. Since then, the committee has written to the (NCOPT) and other mini-bus associations to submit a formal proposal for the consideration of the committee as required by the legislation.

The NCOPT made a recent pronouncement that a hike is likely to take place, but a specific date was not provided in which this could be rolled out. Minibus associations are lukewarm about the issue. While some believe that a hike is needed at this point, others believe that it could cause severe hardship for many people using public transport.

Some minibus associations cited the economic hardship as a reason why a hike is not possible now. Others, however believe that the fare is substantially low, and an increase should have already taken place.

Some minibus drivers have even suggested that government subsidise the cost of fuel in order to keep the fare at the current rate.

Members of the public have also expressed their dissatisfaction at a decision to increase minibus fares.

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  1. We do not have A Transport system in this Island.

    We have a group of people who go about, purchasing mini-buses, obtain a route-band and begin their service.
    And hence we are today with a frequency increase in bus fares, with no end in sight of putting a "cap" on this.

    We did not have the intelligence or intellect to understand that the STATE OR GOVERNMENT should be the primary owner of Transportation.

    So, our "Leaders" allowed this so ever IMPORTANT sector to be handed over to private citizens...and thus is our delima today.

    If something is not done to remedy this, it will have a negative impact on production in all sectors of this society. Because workers will find it very difficult to move from point "A - B"

    It's never too late for the GOVERNMENT to get hold of this sector.
    But no one has the "Balls" to do it.
    It's all about getting votes and re-elected and secure the power for only a group, while this islands sectors continue to deteriorate.

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    • The mini bus drivers that want this increase every couple of years are still driving people around in buses without ac, that don't have proper seats, or working gas gauges or speedometers. Yet they want you to pay them more money , ridiculous.

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  2. Wrong (year) legislation quoted. when are these minibus owners gonna start pay taxes? so we gonna pay an increase to be continued driven like oranges? to be berated by their nasty tongues when they cut you off in traffic?

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  3. So every time things get harder, the mini bus drivers can raise their salary, I wish the same for the private sector because that's really B.S...The Labour Department is a Sh*T!!! (So Disappointed).

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  4. While they deal with the rise in bus fare I hope they also deal with the issues relating to the drivers appearance. Those who drive the bus with short pants,rubber slippers. Those their body order is so strong you can't take one clean breath on the bus. The broken sits that give bad backs they don't fix. No ac for rainy days and the bus leaking so bad u have to open an umbrella in it when it rains. I'll pay more if they demand me but I want better service. More professional behaviour

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  5. It's just amazing the way we only think of ourselves when arguing an issue. I know things are hard and people have a right to complain and make a case for themselves, but to be calling bus operators greedy is going too far. With all the increases in the cost of operation(fuel,oil,tires, parts) the average operator is making $500 less than they did a few years ago and they too have to face all the other increases we speak of(electricity,water,food, etc).

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  6. Well you idiots were warned about this current administration (SLP). You idiots bought into Kenny and his bullshit about "JOBS JOBS JONS", and better days. Come don't tell me you guys didn't see this coming. A guy who was the Prime Minister during the 90's when things were good could not even run the country and made things worst, you think that same idiot could make things better when we in hard times. You all must be the dumbest sacks of **it in the whole Caribbean to believe that. "IN RED" !!! LMAO.

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  7. What a shame for Phillip to treat. Our people like dogs Lucian stand up for your rights don't be afraid of them politician we must cry out the devil wil soon lost us power pray pray without god wil deliver us

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  8. With all increases ,the private sector is still working at the minimum wage ,which is $4.75 ,how are we to survive that

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  9. Dr. Anthony I thank you , it was pleasure knowing you, please leave the keys for treasury on the desk.
    P.S please take Allen Chastnet , your press secretary, c. Francis and richard frederick with you.

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  10. Another meeting and committee. More meeting and appointment of committee. Stop fooling us. We know already that the fare increase is a done deal.

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  11. Well our a$$ is grass in St Lucia. Bus fare increase, food price increase, water rates increase, electricity increase, yet they want to take five percent off of civil servants. whole cour nou pah bon!

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    • While I don't think a fare increase is required, the prices of EVERYTHING is going up everywhere, bcuz of progress, etc, etc. But isn't progress supposed to make things easier and cheaper on the public?

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