Minibus drivers in Saint Lucia say they are still awaiting word from Transport Minister, Guy Joseph, about the payment of a rebate for fuel.
The cash is expected to amount to over one million dollars, according to one estimate.
The money is due to the minibus drivers and covers an 8-month period this year, the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) which is the umbrella body for various bus associations on the Island, said.
NCOPT President, Godfrey Ferdinand, told St Lucia Times that the minister gave the undertaking that the money would be paid before Christmas.
But he said minibus drivers are calling every day about the payout to find out when they will get the cash.
“What I would like to see is a call at least from the minister to indicate why it is being delayed or what day we are expected to receive it,” Ferdinand disclosed.
He said he is under a lot of pressure to tell bus drivers when the cash rebate will be paid.
“I think the most courteous thing would be for the minister to call and say ‘I can’t do that today’ or ‘Maybe we’ll get it for January’, but he should communicate something to the council,” the NCOPT President told St Lucia Times.