Cops Take Action Against Portland ‘Lap-Up’ Buses

The Portland police say they’re prosecuting eight bus operators per week for overcrowding their public passenger vehicles.

The revelation follows outrage over an incident in which at least one parent decried the practice of forcing children to sit in the lap of others in order to take these buses to school.

Head of the Portland Police, Superintendent Duane Wellington, says it appears the bus operators don’t mind being prosecuted.

He says the practice continues. Superintendent Wellington says the shortage of buses in that section of the parish is a challenge. He says the police are to take a more targeted approach against the offending transport operators.

And, the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, TODSS, is condemning the practice of forcing students to sit in the laps of others in buses. The head of TODSS is Egeton Newman.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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