Bus drivers have welcomed the reopening of schools scheduled for Monday, January 11.
In welcoming the development, the President of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT), Godfrey Ferdinand, said when classes resume it will increase the public transport market by at least 20 percent.
“Some bus routes depend on student transport,” Ferdinand explained.
But he observed that everyone has a great responsibility to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
“Be careful,” he admonished bus drivers, as well as students and others who use the public transport system.
“The way we can get back to our normal lives is by heeding the protocols,” Ferdinand asserted.
“I am asking drivers to wear their masks and sanitise as often as they can,” the NCOPT President told St Lucia Times.
He also urged passengers to do the same.
Ferdinand explained that if Saint Lucians do not take precautions, the situation with COVID-19 will only get worse.
He expressed the view that most bus drivers are adhering to the protocols.
Ferdinand also expressed the hope that the drivers will soon be able to get their ‘full capacity’.
He explained that at present, they can carry only ten passengers.
“I know the cry out there is if they can get at least three other passengers it would cut them even to see if they cover their operational costs,” the NCOPT official told St Lucia Times.
According to Ferdinand, in some instances this is not happening.
He said he hopes that as a result of meetings with the authorities on January 19, there will be a compromise after reviewing the COVID-19 situation.