NCOPT says no decision on bus fare hike

The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) has said that no decision has been taken on whether to increase bus fares.

The executive of the NCOPT met Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony yesterday to discuss a range of issues affecting bus drivers.

Council President, Godfrey Ferdinand, disclosed that the NCOPT could not say whether there will be a hike in bus fares, since the majority of associations making up the organization must first agree to the increase.

“The associations have not seen the need for now for an increase because there are other factors they are looking at. Added to that we did request concessions instead of bus fare increases,” Ferdinand disclosed.

According to the NCOPT President, the issue of continued concessions for bus drivers upon the expiry of the current two-year arrangement in 2017 was one of the issues discussed with the Prime Minister, along with facilities for bus drivers, the condition of the roads and other matters.

However Ferdinand revealed that there were no agreements reached as the interaction was more of a discussion to enable bus drivers to present their issues directly to the PM.

He said crime against bus drivers was also another issue that came up.

Ferdinand stated that the NCOPT has written to the Police Commissioner seeking a meeting to discuss security measures to protect drivers.