An official within the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation, has confirmed that the investigation into an incident involving two Route 1A minibus drivers who allegedly threatened passengers is ongoing. Video of the incident went viral online and sparked the creation of several memes along with fresh calls for the regulation of the transport sector.
According to reports, the drivers involved in the incident are still transporting passengers which the ministry official noted should not be as they are not in possession of the required permit.
One driver allegedly threatened to assault a passenger with a cutlass after she was asked to disembark when she questioned the driver’s reasons for refusing to allow a student onto the bus.
Additionally, a driver allegedly threatened to drive the bus into the Castries Harbour.
Irate passengers posted videos of the incident on social media which prompted an emergency meeting with transport ministry officials, the Gros Islet Mini bus Association and the passengers.
Following the January 10th meeting, then president of the Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association Mr Claudius Joseph did indicate that steps were taken to address the situation while the investigation was being conducted. This included suspending the drivers. While the association did promise to give an update on the matter the following week, more than one month later that is yet to be done.
Meanwhile, reports that the drivers involved in the incident are still operating as usual did not sit well with ministry officials who says that if such is the case the drivers could be fined.
While the Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association remains tight lipped on the matter, DBS NEWS will continue to follow this story.