No Fare Hike! Transport Minister Rejects Call for 100% Increase


Transport Minister Robert Montague, has signaled that he will not approve a fare increase for public transport operators.

For weeks, several Transport Associations have been clamoring for a 100% fare increase, pleading that they haven’t been granted one in seven years.

Minister Montague was addressing the launch of a training programme for public transport operators at his office today.

The training programme, in collaboration with Edufocal and sponsored by the British Caribbean Insurance Company, BCIC, is to offer road safety and customer service training to public transport operators.

It’s to utilize cellphone applications, videos and games to inform public transport operators.

Minister Montague says the first module of the programme will be rolled out next month.

But the Minister also addressed a contentious issue—the pleas for a fare increase, from transport associations, including the Egeton Newman-led, Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, TODSS.

Minister Montague also called on the Transport Authority to do better at regulating the sector.

The Transport Minister also called on public transport operators to be more sophisticated and rid the sector of what he says is a hustle.

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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