There is a split among bus drivers under the umbrella National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT), over the issue of whether there should be a push for a fare increase, it has been reported.
NCOPT President, Godfrey Ferdinand, has disclosed that the minister with responsibility for transportation, Guy Joseph, has agreed to meet soon with the organisation’s general council and its executive to discuss the way forward.
According to the NCOPT, there is an agreement with the government for a fare increase once fuel prices go past $12. 75 a gallon, which happened with the most recent fuel hikes.
“There are drivers that would want a bus fare increase and there are drivers that would want a rebate – or should I say, subsidies, but the only time we would know which one is in effect is after we have had the general council meeting with the minister and a vote,” the NCOPT President told St Lucia Times.
Ferdinand explained that the majority vote would hold sway.
He told St Lucia Times that bus drivers expect the meeting with minister Guy Joseph would take place before the next fuel price adjustments are announced on Monday, May 14, 2018.