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NCOPT Members ‘Severely Affected’ By Poor Road Conditions

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National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) members are ‘severely affected’ by existing poor road conditions, the 1st Vice President of the organisation, Kentry Frederick, has disclosed.

“I think on any given day you get complaints of a dented rim, a cut tyre,” Frederick told St Lucia Times.

He said his vehicle had also been affected.

“But I understand the constraints we have and I do understand the disadvantage to the persons who are affected,” the NCOPT Vice President said.

Frederick said he knew that Infrastructure Ministry officials were looking at the entire road network.

“What we must not forget is what happened to the bridge in the Monchy area, and there’s another area in Grande Riviere, Corinth, that was severely affected by the flood,” the NCOPT Vice President told St Lucia Times.

On November 6 last year, heavy rains associated with an upper-level trough caused widespread flooding and landslides in several communities in the north of Saint Lucia.

 “These areas put a serious strain on the Ministry of Infrastructure and that threw off the maintenance of a lot of areas,” Frederick noted.

But he explained that Ministry officials are looking to address the potholes in the interim.

“There is not a definite time frame, but I think they are looking particularly at the weekend when the road is less busy in some areas to do some remedial work,” Frederick stated.

Headline photo: Vehicle traversing the Millennium Highway On December 31, 2022

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13 COMMENTS

  1. All Motor Vehicle Owners Suffer the Fate of Damage Suspension parts and Damage to their Motor Vehicle Tires .I Suffered that Fate last week on the Babonneau Road When the Left front Tire went into a Deep pot hole filled with Water in the Cabishe area .This is so Ridiculous with Deplorable Roads Island Wide

  2. Frederick are you a member of NCOPT or are you the communications officer for the SLP or Ministry of Infrastructure.

  3. While I appreciate the rains have been hampering the potholing efforts, however the Ministry can put some crusherun into some of the deep holes in other to provide some relief.
    It’s the Ministry staff are not empowered or lack leadership.

  4. While I condone drivers generally, but at least it will slow down minibus drivers. Even on the millineum highway with all the potholes they overtaken.

  5. Yeah build shoddy infrastructure and when they get damaged, just blame it on the rain and ‘climate change’

  6. The NCOPT VP should NOT be making excuses for the lack of road maintenance. Roads need to be “MAINTAINED” 24/7!! The Min of Infrastructure is RESPONSIBLE for the upkeep/maintenance of roadworks – all the time. I have no idea where the NCOPT VP is coming from – he of all people, should NOT sympathise with this administration, but more to get them off their backsides, and in the meantime, cast intelligent remarks!

  7. This is St. Lucia where all things are possible now. The Deputy President of the NCOPT speaks more like a member a staff of the Min. Of Infrastructure than a representative of the drivers. I thought as a representative of an organization you put forward your grievances to the respective authority and awaits a response from them. Even though you know the responses you should let them come from the horses mouth. But no the DP is acting as communication officer of the ministry. Since when that is your role? Peeing in the drivers eyes and calling it rain. Let me inform you DP that mini bus drivers are not the only road uses. The question is still being asked. Is St. Lucia a real place? Godfrey Ferdinand in all his wisdom would have dealt with that issue differently. But I must conclude that your stance is obvious. I call on all road users to come out and rebuke this irresponsible comments of yours

  8. PIP said that we don’t eat roads, but I can assure him that the roads will eat his whole budget !!!

  9. I took the bus to Soufriere today. The road is deplorable and I dare not drive my car on this piece of crap. As I made my way to Soufriere, I had ample time to think about the roads and the bus drivers. How did we arrive at this point with the roads? How are the bus drivers holding up? I for one don’t think the Soufriere route is very profitable…too many freakin holes in the road. Then add gas, insurance and other incidentals, the venture seems ridiculous. By the way, the going rate is $9 a head.
    Lesson 1: stop constructing those lousy, cheap roads because in the end the cost more. Seek a paradigm shift.

    The present road theater is just a sh*t show.

  10. Where is my comment.
    Is SLT saying that I should not say that the man is trying to undermine Miguel Fevrier and Maundy Lewis or that he is singing for his supper because he has been given School Bus subsidy contracts.

  11. I don’t believe what just happened to me. I read: “National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) members are ‘severely affected’ by existing poor road conditions, the 1st Vice President of the organisation, Kentry Frederick, has disclosed.” I understood that the person was speaking on behalf of NCOPT.
    Then I read : ““What we must not forget is what happened to the bridge in the Monchy area, and there’s another area in Grande Riviere, Corinth, that was severely affected by the flood,” the NCOPT Vice President told St Lucia Times.”
    And then this: “These areas put a serious strain on the Ministry of Infrastructure and that threw off the maintenance of a lot of areas, Frederick noted”
    I honest thought I had read the wrong introduction. I scrolled back to the top to find out which ministry of infrastuture personnel was being quoted.

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