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Transportation sector meeting underway at Government HQ


Transportation sector meeting underway at Government HQ

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley is at this time chairing an emergency meeting of the major stakeholders in the transportation sector at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael.

Mottley called the meeting yesterday in response to the outcry from members of the public as the new bus fare of $3.50 went into effect from Monday.

Some commuters say it is simply too much, while others have reiterated a call for school children to pay their way on Transport Board buses instead of riding free.

Owners and operators of Public Service Vehicles say schoolchildren will have to pay the same fare as adults. Previously, they enjoyed a reduced fare.

Among those attending the meeting are Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid, Minister in the Ministry Peter Phillips, chairman of the Transport Authority Ian Estwick, Transport Board’s manager of marketing and corporate communications Lynda Holder and general secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union Toni Moore.

Also attending, among others, are Morris Lee, interim chairman of the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO), public relations officer Mark Haynes and chairman Roy Raphael of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) as well as Fabian Wharton, spokesperson for the Public Service Vehicle Workers’ Association (PSVWA).

Other issues are also expected to be addressed.

In announcing the meeting yesterday, press secretary Roy Morris said it would “not be a misrepresentation to describe what now obtains as being in crisis or near crisis“. (SAT)

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