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Bus drivers want to discuss policies for their sector with the new Allen Chastanet led administration.

The disclosure has come from the President of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT), Godfrey Ferdinand.

Ferdinand told the Times that there are a number of agreements with the former government that bus drivers would like to see maintained.

“We would like to speak with this present government to actually see the way forward in terms of policies to the sector,” he said.

He revealed that the NCOPT had an agreement with the former administration for an immediate increase in bus fares should the price of fuel go beyond a certain level.

Ferdinand stated that other agreements with bus drivers included the non-payment of route permits for a three year period and a tax amnesty.

“We would really like to speak with the new Minister of Transport to see how we can discuss these issues to honour them and to see if they can better it,” the NCOPT President told the Times.

He observed that the council has worked before with both the current ruling United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), which is now in opposition.

Ferdinand asserted that the goal of the NCOPT is to look after the interests of the public transport sector.

“That is why we don’t have any difficulty meeting with the Minister of Transport,” he noted.