PM meets minibus drivers

Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony last evening met minibus drivers representing the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT).

The purpose of the meeting with the executive of the NCOPT was to discuss a number of concerns facing the minibus drivers in Vieux Fort.

Anthony, who is the MP for Vieux Fort South, disclosed that one of the concerns related to parking.

He said route buses were experiencing difficulties in parking alongside the Phillip Marcellin Pavillion.

The Vieux Fort South MP also disclosed that there were issues relating to amenities and facilities, including toilet facilities on the bus stand that are yet to be constructed although designs are underway.

He explained that minibus drivers were granted an exemption from the payment of route bands and vehicle licenses for a two year period.
“They want to find out what will happen at the end of that period and what the government intends to do,” Anthony stated.

He said he had explained that the concession granted by the government had to do with appreciation for the willingness of the NCOPT to forego increases on routes when fuel prices were “fairly high”.

According to the Prime Minister, the meeting was aimed at finding common ground.