Gros Islet bus drivers on strike

Gros Islet bus drivers on strike

A group of Gros Islet bus drivers went on strike Sunday afternoon, in protest over parking tickets issued to about four of their colleagues by  Traffic Police.

The drivers were issued the tickets while their buses were parked in the area which is reserved for Monchy buses.

Gros Islet Bus driver, Kentish Estephor, told the Times that some of his colleagues have been operating for over twenty years and parking on the Monchy bus stand when no Monchy buses are there.

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Kentish Estephor

“On Sunday, the Monchy buses don’t operate so we park there because it is our safe haven,” Estephor told the Times.

He explained that when they park at the Gros Islet stand, some of the drivers are robbed.

Estephor said as a result, on Sunday they park on the Monchy stand.

“All of a sudden today, after twenty years and more, the police decide to charge us for parking so today we are going to take a stand. If they do not revoke those tickets we are not working and if they don’t revoke it as from tonight, tomorrow we continue – we are going to strike,” he declared.

Another driver, Thomas Valcent, expressed the view that Gros Islet drivers were being targeted by the police.

Valcent disclosed that he has been operating his bus for about fifteen years, while other drivers have been there for up to thirty years.

He said the drivers use both the Gros Islet and Monchy bus stands.

“If you look at the multitude of drivers that are working in the Castries basin – Bexon does not use their bus stand on a Sunday, they use Bridge Street; Vieux Fort uses Bridge Street; so why all of them are not being charged and they are charging us?”  He said.

Valcent said that from about 5 pm On Sunday, December 18, 2016, when the parking tickets were issued, about twenty drivers who were on the Gros Islet bus stand decided to stop working in protest, some of them opting to go home.

The strike left a few commuters stranded.

stranded-passengers

‘Askie’ who said he has been working with the Gros Islet drivers as a ‘Board Man’ responsible for conducting the affairs of the bus stand for over fifteen years, told the Times that Monchy drivers do not operate on Sunday.

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‘Askie’

 

“So all over the years all my Gros Islet drivers have been parking on the other side which is the Monchy bus stand and apparently today the police came out in full force and began charging some of my drivers,” “Askie” told the Times.

 

 

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49 Comments

  1. Tracey
    December 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Good job police!!!! Excellent work.

    1. Anonymous
      December 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

      People like you don’t take bus that’s why you so selfish and heartless

    2. Anonymous
      December 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Ignorant, smh, if only they could catch the serial rapist as fast..cuz their priorities are obviously so damn well set…

    3. Anonymous
      December 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

      She’s being sarcastic…. really? Yall didn’t get that

    4. Awah
      December 18, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

      clearly тracey waѕ вeιng ѕarcaѕтιc ѕeeмѕ ѕoмe lυcιan’ѕ donт ĸnow oғ “ѕarcaѕм”

  2. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply

    The policenan who charged the men must have another problem with then caus they were not illegally parked. That was persona

  3. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    The police aren’t against crime not one bit … they prefer the bus drivers get robbed….. Continue the strike till the tickets are torn

  4. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    No comments

  5. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Christmas coming police want a promotion! Go and look for the robbers and other criminals… Choops

  6. JOBS4THE.Boyz
    December 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply

    So happy im unemployed 😀

  7. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply

    U wast time ticketing the bus driver. What about hanging around wit dem too c there is safety for the drivers and there passengers. Work together too prevent thieves from getting the upper hand.

  8. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

    U wast time ticketing the bus driver. What about hanging around wit dem too c there is safety for the drivers and there passengers. Work together too prevent thieves from getting the upper hand.

  9. Lucky
    December 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Since when tickets r being issued on a Sunday. Smh

    1. Proud Lucian
      December 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm Reply

      Traffic laws don<t cease on a Sunday.

  10. jules
    December 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I dont think the police should look for any criminal y’all should be doing it always police brutality or they didnt do anything look at y’all home that’s where they exist.

  11. Police get me sick
    December 18, 2016 at 9:07 pm Reply

    The police need to give themselves tickets for being so ignorant ,seems like they don’t have any work to do ..i hate the phuckin police ,go fight crime & arrest criminals ,not charge bus drivers ,tf is that ?

  12. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Petty, petty, petty, go after the rapist, thieves and murderers instead,

  13. wow
    December 18, 2016 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Are these rookie officers or are they just petttttyyyy? I’m glad they made a strong statement with the strike but I hope it ends by tomorrow. I have lots to do. 😀

    1. Proud Lucian
      December 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply

      who lose when they strike. The police still getting their salary month end.

  14. Police officer
    December 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Some of you are so ignorant about so much, only when it directly affects you all, the police are doing the right thing. For those who are “IGNORANT ” there isnt a stipulated time or day to issue a ticket for anybody breaking the law. Bus drivers are the biggest law breakers. Do you really think the care about you all the customers? They left you there stranded. And your all accept the stupidness they do.

    1. Anonymous
      December 19, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply

      Amazing ain’t it? People are criticising the police for upholding the law. If a police officer thinks theft is ok and walks away from a theft in progress what would those morons think. The police did his job and we should applaud him for it. And I wish he would continue to do so. Keep ticketing those crazy drivers.

      There is no order in this country. We have laws on books and people continue to spit on those laws. They know it is unlawful to park there. They took a chance, they should face the fine. Can you imagine the riots if non gros islet bus drivers park in their spot?

      St. Lucians are beyond ignorant.

  15. rude ghal
    December 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Tracey the police officers r or men that is y u for dem. Y cant u tell them to go after the criminals. The tourist r being rob where r them. Children n elderly being rape n killed . where r they. Tracey if you HV nothing to say shut up

    1. English Movay.
      December 19, 2016 at 7:21 am Reply

      Rude ghal did you attend school on a sunday? Learn how to speak proper/ standard English. I’m trying to understand u.

  16. st Lucian at heart
    December 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply

    The police could not be around to safe guard the tourists on Tuesday but here they are issuing tickets on Sunday. The police force is corrupt and the minister of police is even more corrupt. Just a corrupt judiciary system. Cops, judges abd all including the guy are corrupt.

  17. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

    I thinking the police are wrong for charging the four bus drivers today….I think strongly they did that to insight and issue with the Gros islet bus drivers I believe there are greater issues to handle like the 76 year old lady who got murdered recently and many others to numerous to mentioned these four tickets need to be revoked.. Straight up..

    1. Proud Lucian
      December 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply

      Castries Traffic police don,t work at gros islet.

    2. Anonymous
      December 19, 2016 at 8:03 am Reply

      i think is a bus driver who killed that woman

  18. Annomous
    December 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

    I thinking the police are wrong for charging the four bus drivers today….I think strongly they did that to insight and issue with the Gros islet bus drivers I believe there are greater issues to handle like the 76 year old lady who got murdered recently and many others to numerous to mentioned these four tickets need to be revoked.. Straight up..

  19. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm Reply

    They hungry for the bonus they getting. Them officers need to calm down! Acting like idiots and the people that say they right are as stupid as the officers.

  20. About time
    December 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply

    We may not like it but it is about time some order and control is brought to this bus system. There are bus stops that need to be use. That needs to be reinforced. The same rules that apply to all needs to apply to the bus drivers. MAJORITY of them drive recklessly on the streets.

    It do was not expected but it a good reminder to the bus drivers that they are not above the law. There is signage that states the buses to park there. Go on you bus stand please. Leave the other empty.

    Thanks officer bring order to the lawlessness among bus drives. You may not like my post but it’s real. IT IS REAL….RECKLESSNESS ON OUR STREETS

  21. About time
    December 18, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

    We may not like it but it is about time some order and control is brought to this bus system. There are bus stops that need to be use. That needs to be reinforced. The same rules that apply to all needs to apply to the bus drivers. MAJORITY of them drive recklessly on the streets.

    It do was not expected but it a good reminder to the bus drivers that they are not above the law. There is signage that states the buses to park there. Go on you bus stand please. Leave the other empty.

    Thanks officer bring order to the lawlessness among bus drives. You may not like my post but it’s real. IT IS REAL….RECKLESSNESS ON OUR STREETS

    1. Anonymous
      December 19, 2016 at 11:11 am Reply

      Amen. Too much lawlessness in this place on a whole. Kudos to the officer for doing his job. While you guys are at it, start issuing tickets along the waterfront area, JnBaptiste street and by those coconut vendors. It is frustrating driving there. Only a matter of time before road rage spills over.

  22. Anonymous
    December 18, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Very good keep the strike going this short police officer spc he is a stupid guy giving everyone tickets. He need to get a better name.

  23. Smh
    December 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm Reply

    I guess from tomorrow no buses will be allowed to pick up ..hotel workers on bridge street…thank you our stupid educated police force…I hope all them buses get charge on bridge street too….

    1. Anonymous
      December 19, 2016 at 8:04 am Reply

      i hope one day u need a police ,when u get raped.

  24. Smh
    December 19, 2016 at 12:00 am Reply

    I guess from tomorrow no buses will be allowed to pick up ..hotel workers on bridge street…thank you our stupid educated police force…I hope all them buses get charge on bridge street too….

  25. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply

    Why is that every time there is a problem st lucians like to say how comes he or she doing it and I cannot ! Smh the police give you’ll tickets have nothing to do with Vieux fort or bexon drivers , just do what you’ll have to do to solve you’ll problem how you’ll see fit and stop pointing fingers on others

  26. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 12:39 am Reply

    All the people on here asking the police to go ketch the serial rapists and other criminals, if y’all look at y’all homes, that’s where they can be found. But, of course, y’all protect these same criminals.
    Next, are the laws of the land suspended on a Sunday? Why is it okay for one set of police officers to do their jobs, but not the traffic officers? Why do you call the traffic police when you have a fender bender on a Sunday? Shouldn’t you wait til Monday when the laws come back in effect?
    Are you going to tell a magistrate that the officer charged you on a Sunday and therefore the ticket is invalid? That the laws do not apply to you on a Sunday? Are you going to tell said magistrate that you should not be fined because the ticket was issued on a Sunday?
    And lastly, the idiot drivers claim that other bus routes use elsewhere to load after hours and on weekends. That is true. But what they have conveniently forgotten to mention is that these buses use PARKING SPACE along Bridge Street, AND that the use of that space was sanctioned by the Road Transport Board of St. Lucia. They are not obstructing another bus stop. These Gros Islet drivers, in particular the ones on strike, need to stop being ignorant and leave the Monchy bust stop for Monchy buses. If the space allocated to them is not enough, they need to cut down on the number of buses on the route, develop a roatation system, or petition for more space to park. Stop inconveniencing the Monchy drivers to suit themselves!!

    1. Anonymous
      December 19, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

      The best comment on here

  27. John Williams
    December 19, 2016 at 12:48 am Reply

    A group of drivers are striking. The others are making their money. Obviously, they don’t see the situation as a cause that they should fight. Who is to blame for receiving the tickets? Is it the police, the drivers or both. I say both. If there was a problem with security, then the drivers should have taken action like they are doing now. What is the lesson of the day? Park where you are supposed to be and protest when your business needs are not being met.

  28. MKB
    December 19, 2016 at 1:09 am Reply

    Great job by the police, I am not being sarcastic, and I do not take bus, as a driver that use the roads these bus drivers are total Holes. I get charged if I park illegally why should their be treated differently. Committing a crime repeatedly and not getting caught does not make it OK and makes it legal. I know that I am going to get “not all bus drivers are the same” but from all my personal experiences with them it has all been BAD. I have been run off the road, almost ran into the median on the highway.

  29. Lord put a hand !!!
    December 19, 2016 at 3:50 am Reply

    You all can go AND GIVE A TICKET TO THE GROS ISLET BUS DRIVERS FOR PARKING ON THE “empty” Monchy stand ! BUT CANNOT RESPOND TO EMERGENCY CALLS ?

  30. Me
    December 19, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply

    If the police are going to issue tickets to Gros islet bus drivers on a Sunday then they should have done the same to the other drivers who don’t park on their bus stops because of safety reasons as well. I may not agree with the police and bus drivers but something needs to be done about both situations.

  31. Passenger
    December 19, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

    You have a problem with security, the bus system is a private system and you drivers have an association. Put yall damn resources together and hire security, you think the government can solve all of your problems.

    Park in the damn space the government of st. Lucia put specifically for your buses. Whats the major difference for getting robbed on the gros islet bus stand vs. the monchy stand. You people really foolish for true. And the other buses parking other places have nothin to do with you, sounding like spoilt children. But he doing it too, grow up boys, and take some responsibility for your actions.

    Good work police, I know most of you wont be with your families for the season, I appreciate the work that you are doing. Keep it up

  32. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

    I think the bus drivers could have done something other than strike to take a stand . By striking they are affecting the daily flow routines of passengers commuting to and from Gros Islet and Castries. Striking should be the last resort taken for your voice to be heard. They could’ve used other means as passengers were left stranded. I also believe that the police shouldn’t be letting a situation like that spiral out of hand .if they were told that these bus drivers have been parking there for years why charge them now? The bus drivers were affecting the Monchy bus drivers at all ? This is just unnecessary and uncalled for.

  33. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply

    Some I got to say it wrong in between but it’s a matter a time some of them pay to why they like to overcharge people Gros islet bus drivers very greedy and and dishonesty ok I got a three year I put on me I will pay a dollar m ot a problem ok I have to pay same price with big people ungrateful

  34. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply

    Stupid u foolish who lose when yourll dont work … am not taking sides but some of you drivers park anymore. So there must have been other reasons for the tickets

  35. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 11:09 am Reply

    Bus drivers putting people life in distress everyday over deh recklessness. Who is at a lost when u all strike. Choops. Go to da court to contess ur all tickets. Strike wont help it ignorant fools. Bus drivers witness crime all da time and do nothing to help da police in solving dem ti ye chew zort la

  36. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Very interesting
    I am happy that this discussion is on .doing something for twenty years don’t make it right wrong is wrong
    check it out have you ever tried parking on any of those bus stands just for a minute the abuse you get from these drivers is appalling yet the few parking spaces left in town for the general public to use they occupy them
    so here what it is they have their reserve parking on the stands and take up yours
    who looses if they strike . who is loosing money
    btw since when police don’t work on Sundays are the traffic laws suspended then
    then lets face it when there is an accident on a Sunday you the bus driver should walkaway and wait for the Sunday when the traffic laws take effect
    such foolishness from these drivers
    this is the ignorance displayed by these drivers even on the roads

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