PM plans to make mopeds more affordable

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that his administration plans to make mopeds more affordable, to assist in public transportation.

Chastanet made the announcement this week at  a ceremony to renew the twinning arrangement between the cities of Castries and Taipei.

He observed that the use of mopeds is very prevalent in the Taipei.

“I keep scratching my head and wondering why in Saint Lucia we have not seen the growth of this particular sector,” Chastanet said.

“When I consider the public transport system we have here – not taking anything away from the drivers, certainly in terms of schedules et cetera, I am amazed that more people are not using mopeds,” he told the gathering.

Chastanet expressed the view that it may be due to a fear of using that means of transport on Saint Lucia’s roads.

“Hopefully that is something the police can look at, in terms of making our roads much friendlier towards mopeds.”

In declaring his government’s intention to make mopeds more affordable, the PM made specific mention of the rural areas where there is not significant public transportation.

 

 

13 Comments

  1. guava jelly
    August 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    ON THESE BAD ROADS? WITH ALL THESE CRAZY DRIVERS, BAD IDEA MR. PM. IS THIS A PLAN FOR POPULATION REDUCTION TO MAKE SPACE FOR YOUR CHINESE FRIENDS.

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      August 25, 2018 at 6:48 am

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  2. SMH
    August 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Not a too bright PM. Are you serious?

  3. Emmanuel
    August 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    You have got to be joking!!! Are there not enough deaths on the island already?????

  4. Gids
    August 24, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    This man is definitely related to Trump for sure. Trump went to France so he scratched his head and said I want to have a bigger military parade, so here Tropical Trump behaving the same way. Tropical Trump you need to do your research, check the number of collisions and fatalities that are reported on Bermuda roads with young people and mopeds. Have you consider the cost of medical services and the impact it will have on government. Tropical Trump let me tell you something that you did not consider before you scratched the dandruff from your head, not because it is working there that it realistic for St. Lucia.

    1. Matthew
      August 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Have you guys realize that every time you compare this disgrace to Trump, you give him value and worth that he will not have in a million years.
      President Trump is keeping Americans working, their economy continue to grow and Americans are prospering. This idiot is causing untold misery to lucians (especially poor Lucians), giving away our country to foreigners, friends and family.
      HOW CAN WE JUSTIFY COMPERING THIS DISASTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP?

  5. asd
    August 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    We have hills Mr. Jack@ss. And very crazy drivers.

  6. Sergie
    August 25, 2018 at 7:30 am

    More affordable for who? The unlicensed and uninsured who do not acknowledge the basic rules of the road, and common sense? We already have too many of these people causing accidents at intersections and modifying their two wheelers to be louder, revving uo for no reason and setting off car alarms. Please do not contribute to this nuisance. People are too immature in this country.

  7. Skai Joseph
    August 25, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Well St. Lucians Allen Chastanent is now attacking the livelihoods of our minibus and taxi drivers. Mopeds is not part of our culture that’s an Asian thing. Bit somehow Allen wants to incorporate it in our culture to suit his Chinese that he has lebralizied St. Lucia for and somehow he said the Chinese will not be coming to stay and work in St. Lucia but they are a growing tourist market. Really???? Piece the puzzle together. If Chastanent was so concerned about the public having accessible transportation why one of the first things he mentioned was to increase the levy on importation of used cars. Why didnt he make a vehicle more affordable for the people of St. Lucia, when driving a vehicle is safer than mopeds. Also why didnt Allen make mention of the mopeds before he removed the visa restrictions for CHINESE? Open your eyes St. Lucians and see that foreigners have more right to live in our St. Lucia than St. Lucians themselves under the Allen Chastanent Government.

  8. Matthew
    August 25, 2018 at 9:51 am

    BRAVO!!!! I HOPE HE LEADS BY EXAMPLE AND USE ONE TO WORK!
    When will this baboon get out of my face?

  9. Simeon Pultie
    August 25, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    When will Saint Lucians wake up to the reality that our prime minister just parrots off anything as an idea without really thinking about it. He feels he can say anything and fool the sill 43% of us who don’t have more than a pre-school (or primary school) education.

    The PM visits Taiwan and sees mopeds all over and decides this is the solution for “public transportation” in Saint Lucia! First of all, since when is a moped public transportation? Public Transport in Saint Lucia is currently the bus system. I don’t see moped taxis or motorcycle taxis. Those might exist in some African countries or parts of Latin America, but not here! And with good reason! For one, mopeds or scooters don’t have powerful engines. Mopeds wisking around the flat terrain in Paris, Taipei or some other Asian city generally don’t have to worry about long hills. And what’s even more ridiculous is that he sees this a solution for RURAL Saint Lucia. Does the Prime Minister not understand the topography of our country? Has he ever taken a ride on a moped??? I doubt it. Although he claims he rode a horse to school in Martinique, I doubt he went on a moped! Nor will his children away at school in Canada be riding mopeds either. Because guess what, they’re dangerous…

    There are thousands of moped accidents in Taiwan, with moped drivers filling the Accident & Emergency Departments of hospitals. In fact, more than half of persons who go to Taiwanese hospitals were on mopeds. If the Prime Minister did just a little research, he would find out Taiwan has one of the highest rates of road fatalities in the world!!!!
    (https://taiwaneasy.tw/tw/forums/topic7183.html) This is just another crazy idea by a prime minister who really does not care about the true well-being of the average Saint Lucian!

    IT’S TIME FOR CHASTANET TO GO!

  10. herb man
    August 26, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    the comments here are indeed laughable lol, this is a solid idea, however we may need a change in culture….we complain about the long lines of vehicles and fail to appreciate that this is caused by congested roads with cars which are usually carrying 1 or 2 people. the current public transport system is inefficient and operated mainly by those who don’t practice good service delivery or efficiency( many parked in castries while customers languish in the communities) a scenario born out of the policy which is counter to market forces by guaranteeing every route band holder a livelihood irrespective of their service.
    we also quick to profess our love for the environment and talk the good talk about climate change but take no steps to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels…ever bigger SUVs, carrying 1 or 2 ppl. we may also look the route of having a dedicated bicycle lane, to promote ppl riding short distances.

    to those who talk about the mad drivers, guess what, we just have to better educate drivers and place consequences for not using the roads properly, however this current congestion is having an impact on the economy.
    there are steps which can be taken now, for example, why do we see these big container trucks and dump trucks during rush hour? or ppl collecting rubbish at the same time folks trying to get to work, when by just scheduling these activities we can positively impact congestion.
    we also have to look at the folks who cruise at 15 mph building unnecessary buildup behind them

  11. Simeon Pultie
    August 26, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Herb man, I agree with some of your prescriptions but most of these have to do with traffic congestion. I disagree with this moped idea. Mopeds are NOT a form of public transportation. That’s like suggesting the better model of air transport is too have hundreds of thousands of cessnas hoping all over the place from airport to airport. If the Government is serious about public transport there is lots they can do! This suggestion is NOT one of them.

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