This image taken from television shows Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid (centre) taking part in the historic Estimates debate from the Well of the House of Assembly yesterday. At left is Minister Peter Phillips, and at right is Transport Board chairman Gregory Nicholls, while other technocrats in the ministry look on. (REC)
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Bus fares will definitely be going up. Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid put the months of speculation to rest during debate in the new Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure format in the House of Assembly on Monday.
While the International Monetary Fund has suggested a hike of $5, up from the current $2, Duguid however said the Mia Mottley administration had not yet decided on the amount. He also did not say if the hike would include schoolchildren in uniform who ride free.
“But we have to make a decision what the bus fare will go to. Obviously you would appreciate that bus fare has not gone up in Barbados for 20 years, but everything else has gone up. The price of supplies has gone up, the price of diesel has gone up, the price of insurance has gone up, the price of labour has gone up.
“We haven’t made the decision if it will go up by $1.50 or $2, we don’t know, but certainly all of that has to be assessed to make a decision as to where bus fares will go,” he stressed. (SDB Media)
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