35 YEAR OLD HUSBAND & FATHER, LATEST ROAD FATALITY

Relatives of 35 year old Brad Fatal say they are still trying to come to terms with his death on the morning of Sunday March 31st 2019. Fatal, and his brother were riding a Honda Transalp when they collided with a coaster bus on the Ravine Chabot Road. The two were transported to the Victoria Hospital, unfortunately Brad, succumbed to his injuries. Relatives of the deceased say news of the accident came as no surprise to them, but were under the impression that the two riders had only sustained injuries.…

BUS DRIVERS WANT REVERSAL OF DECISION TO BAR THEM FROM ROAD

The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) is calling on the Transport Department to reverse a decision prohibiting mini buses from passing through the Bois D’ Orange Bypass Road into Corinth. The move is part of a “Traffic Flow Improvement Programme” undertaken by the Department of Transport and Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. NCOPT president Mr Godfrey Ferdinand has expressed disappointment with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Transport Division for prohibiting  his members from plying their route. As part of the traffic control pilot project along Castries-Gros Islet Highway,…

MAYOR GETS TOUGH ON SIDEWALK PARKING

The Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis in an effort to prevent damage to pavements and sidewalks is moving to enforce rules prohibiting parking on city sidewalks. Goods vehicles are among the biggest violators. According to the Press and Communications Manager within the Office of the Mayor, heavy goods vehicles using sidewalks to park while offloading or loading goods is damaging city infrastructure and putting an additional financial burden on the Castries Constituencies Council, which must carry out the required repairs. The Mayor is urging goods vehicle drivers to utilize the…

SOLID WASTE STARTS GETTING RID OF DERELICT VEHICLES

The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority has embarked on a  derelict vehicle  removal program. The program is already being implemented in Micoud and will be extended to the  Bocage Cacao and Forestierre communities. Here’s Don Nicholas with the details  The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority counted  over 300 derelict  vehicles island wide.  They will be removed based on a priority list. At the top of the list will be  vehicles along main highways and those near public institutions like  hospitals and schools. The Authority will be placing a…

ACCIDENT VICTIM LOSES MEMORY. FAMILY WANTS ANSWERS

A Babonneau mother is questioning why her daughter was left behind after the vehicle she was travelling in on Friday March 8th plunged into a river along the Allen Bousquet Highway. According to Miss Kerima Unwin her 25 year old daughter was left behind to fend for herself after the driver of the vehicle managed to get a ride to the hospital for medical attention and allegedly gave no indication that there was another accident victim. According to the distraught mother, she last saw her daughter Kimaya Louis Thursday evening…

ANGRY BUS DRIVER AND PASSENGER KISS AND MAKE UP

The Matter involving an exchange between a Gros Islet Mini Bus Operator and a female passenger in which the driver allegedly threatened to plunge the bus full of passengers into the Castries Harbour has been resolved. Both parties have apologized to each other. But this has not prevented the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association from issuing a warning letter to the driver involved in the incident. The incident started when  the female  passenger asked  the operator why he  did not pick up a male  student who was apparently late for…

TWO CONTROVERSIAL BUS DRIVERS COULD BE IN MORE HOT WATER

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…

STILL NO WORD ON FATE OF TWO BUS DRIVERS AT CENTRE OF VIRAL VIDEO

The Gros Islet Mini Bus Owners Association is yet to give an update on an investigation into complaints against two of its Drivers. The drivers in question had two separate misunderstandings with passengers one of which led to one driver threatening to drive a mini bus loaded with passengers into the Castries Harbour. The incidents occurred on January 9th 2019 and video of the exchanges were published on social media by passengers who witnessed them. The excitement began when a female passenger questioned the driver’s reasons for refusing to allow…

UNDER FIRE

The St Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is concerned about an increase in motor vehicle fires prompting a call to motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition. This as the Department responded to 87 calls over the weekend which varied in nature. The St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is urging motorists to service their vehicles regularly and ensure that electrical fittings are in proper working condition. The call comes against the backdrop of an increase in motor vehicle fires . Just over the weekend the…

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Many local contractors are expected to benefit from a 115 million dollar Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project set to commence next week. On Wednesday January 23, the Department of Infrastructure will officially sign the consultancy agreement to launch the Project. The 115 million dollar Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project will deliver a complete rehabilitation of the Millennium Highway, reconstruction of the West Coast roads from Cul De Sac to Soufriere as well as an Island wide Roads Safety Program. The motoring public will be…