King: Bus Fare Increase Seems Inevitable

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Transport Minister Stephenson King, ahead of a meeting Tuesday with the general council of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) , has told reporters that a fare hike appears inevitable.

“It seems that on the horizon it is inevitable, that there will be an increase,” the former Prime Minister stated.

But regarding the margin of increase, King explained that he could not determine that currently.

King disclosed that the last meeting with the NCOPT examined several options, including a fare hike or a two-year suspension of the measure with a guaranteed government subvention during the period and other concessions.

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“Since then the general council I believe has met and took a decision at this stage all they are interested in is an increase. So for the meeting this week the only item on the table is really considering an increase in bus fares,” the Minister told reporters.

According to King, Cabinet has since reviewed the previous proposal, including everything discussed at the last meeting and the bus fare hike request.

As a result, he said the cabinet asked that a committee be set up to look at the last recommendation made for a review of bus fares, coming from a 2015 committee.

“Basically, we are looking during our meeting this week at the establishment of the committee, probably the same structure in terms of various agencies to be represented, and to review what was proposed in 2015 and possibly to implement it,” he stated.

Headline photo: Stephenson King stock image (February 21, 2020)

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Well, if there is going to be an increase in bus fare, you need to remove some buses on the routes because they are not fit in my opinion to carry passengers. broken chairs/seats, Crooked seats with no leg room, no proper ventilations since windows are either not functional or replaced with plain glass., doors only open from the outside, non functional AC when it rains etc. Authorities must inspect these buses differently and not only look at if it is only motorable.

  2. Well, if there is going to be an increase in bus fare, you need to remove some buses on the routes because they are not fit in my opinion to carry passengers. broken chairs/seats, Crooked seats with no leg room, no proper ventilations since windows are either not functional or replaced with plain glass., doors only open from the outside, non functional AC when it rains etc. Authorities must inspect these buses differently and not only look at if it is only motorable.

  3. So since all the increases are inevitable, when will there be an increase to the employees in the private sector?? Because we’re still at the same salary and having to bear the cost of all increases.

  4. I do not oppose a bus fare increase, but there should be a Gov’t blueprint for public transportation. Also with this increase, every bus owners should be registered and included in the tax system so they can pay their fair of tax also, like any other worker.

    • This is soooo true…bus drivers need to be taxed. They mismange their finances and the public pays for it. Let’s get that money back through taxation and redirect it into the economy.

      The increase in gas prices affects us all yet we do not get any increase in wages.

      These drivers always holding the country to ransom. We need to find a solution to this issue. These guys have had the most increases than any other sector of the economy for many years now. They are unprofessional and uncaring. The public should boycott their services and protest against the increase

  5. I am interested in the scientific formula to calibrate the fare increase do that it would be equitable island wide. It is unfortunate that riders are at the mercy of private bus owners.

  6. Is this gas price increase deliberate to justify the bus fare increase? Otherwise SLP have no other reason to increase bus fare…..what about salary increases…is the 1% in keeping with inflation?……sigh!!!! Such representation….when some of our minister partners can travel every month to shop and buy wine instead of spending my tax money in ST Lucia…..what a ting.

    • you know what you said makes sense these people purposely let the gas increase so they can accommodate the bus drivers increase in salary and these bus drivers always have some brekedec buses on the road with old seats and when rain falling they refuse to give people AC but as soon as they pirate a trip of tourists they have AC on full blast.

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