Bus Operators and Ministry of Transport Continue Discussions on Bus Prices

Bus Operators and Ministry of Transport Continue Discussions on Bus Prices

Bus operators remain in dialogue with officials from the Ministry of Transport, exploring the issue of bus prices.  With the regular increase in fuel prices, coupled with the demand for improved bus conditions, the owners and operators are hoping to reach a compromise with the government in terms of regulated prices.  Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Transport, Adele Catzim, explained that the discussion remains ongoing.

Adele Catzim, CEO, Ministry of Transport: “We understand that there’s need for cost recovery and at the end of the day there has to be some level of profitability even though this is a public good I mean investors need to have a return on their investment. So we understand that part. At the meeting yesterday we threw out different options of how we could work together and those options we will look at more closely at the level of government and then decide on which ones we think would be most feasible moving forward. But one of the options that came out was even having different grades or classes of buses so you might have like a premier bus, you know a coach, an economy class or whatever and that will help us to then have a tiered approach to looking a bus fares. And it also leaves it open to the commuters to decide what is affordable to them. So we’re looking at the overall feasibility of the public transportation system and what needs to happen on our end as regulators to make sure that the industry remains viable.”

CEO Catzim explained that there is an operation currently being carried out by the Ministry of Transport.  The operation entails the inspection of buses with a plan to highlight improvements required by the ministry.

Adele Catzim, CEO, Ministry of Transport: “We have a national operation which is taking place currently. What we do is we have the bus standards and we have motor vehicle inspectors across the country scheduling appointments with the bus operators for them to come in so that we can do the inspections. When we do the inspections we will highlight areas that need improvement and then work with the bus operators with a timeline and what they can do to make those improvements. So we’re ensuring that we follow due process with all the bus operators.”

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