The first phase of a probe to determine whether disciplinary action should be taken against two Gros Islet mini-bus drivers at the center of heated exchanges with a group of passengers got underway today.
The exercise involved the individuals directly involved in the fracas, eyewitnesses along with officials from the Transport Department ,the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association and the National Council of Public Transportation.
The video-taped verbal sparring has gone viral.
One official has indicated that a final outcome could be determined by next week.
Over several decades ,there have been calls for the mini bus sector to be regulated.
In the video the irate passenger claims that a route 1A bus driver threatened to assault her with a cutlass in addition to drowning everyone on board.
All this transpired when she was asked to disembark the vehicle because she inquired why a school child was not allowed on the bus.
An emergency meeting was held Thursday morning to discuss the way forward.
The incident ,according to an official , has tarnished the image of minibus operators.
In a January 7th interview with the DBS Newsworld, NCOPT President Godfrey Ferdinand mentioned that training for minibus drivers is an initiative the organization will be working on in 2019.
The behavior of mini bus operators has become a concern for the department of transport
The transport officer noted that the division will ensure that all minbus operators function within the global international standards.
Thursday’s meeting took place at the department of transport.