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.