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.