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…

Passenger Shaming ?

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…

THE NEGOTIATOR

The National Council on Public Transportation and the National Taxi Union appear to be at loggerheads following a payment of $1.1 million dollars to minibus operators by the government recently. President of the National Taxi Union Mr Lucien Joseph believes the payment to the NCOPT is unfair to taxi operators. The NCOPT President however says it comes down to who is the better negotiator. The payment was made to the NCOPT after fuel prices surpassed the $12.75 per gallon price cap set by the government. According to the NCOPT President,…

TAXI FARE

President of the National Taxi Union Mr Lucien Joseph has accused the government of marginalizing the NTU and attempting to destroy it. Mr Joseph made the comments following news that government has paid over one million dollars in fuel to the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT). According to the NTU President, the payment was not fair to them. Mr Joseph is calling on the government to pass the Tourism Taxi Policy which will ensure taxi drivers operate on a level playing field. Mr Joseph says it is not fair…