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Student abuse prompts review of free bus fare policy

Government will be reviewing its free bus fare policy to deal with students who abuse it.

Word of that has come from Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley.

“I think that we may have to take a look at the school children riding on the public transportation free, especially those that decide to hide ‘bout and wait ‘bout in the terminal,” he said last night as he addressed a meeting of his St Philip North constituency branch.

“I am talking about school assembly time and way after hours in the evening without an excuse. We have to basically look at that for persons who really linger about in the bus stands after this particular time, that they should be made to make a contribution, and I am very serious about that.”

In 2008, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government removed the $1 fare for schoolchildren in uniform riding on Transport Board buses.

Several officials, including Government Senator Irene Sandiford–Garner, have called for the policy to be modified, charging that some students were abusing the system.

21 Responses to Student abuse prompts review of free bus fare policy

  1. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield March 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Meanwhile in the rest of the world Isis ………

  2. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie March 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I knew this would happen…thee children of today hear. Smh

  3. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins March 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Why don’t you implement a system that will identify the children who deserve a free bus pass and let all others pay. Too much freeness aint good. Guv’ment fulla folly!

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield March 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      One thought that was the reason for advisors , social workers and school principals who would know best .But then again election promises must be kept .

  4. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji March 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    While u at it..give bursaries to those at uwi who are maintaining a certain avg

  5. Bird Out
    Bird Out March 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Its tru

  6. Alleyna Brathwaite
    Alleyna Brathwaite March 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Yall NOW reviewing this? I thought that should have been done a long time ago. U can also make provisions for those who ACTUALLY need to ride the bus free, don’t wait another 7 years to do it….smh

  7. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch March 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Should have never give them free bus ride.. Catching the bus at 1 stop, and getting off at the next….

  8. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch March 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Apart from the free ride….Mr. Minister tell the people of this Country how much money it is causing the tax payers on a yearly.basis.

  9. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne March 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

    It should never have been started. The government got what it wanted, votes so that can go.

  10. Mieshell Burke
    Mieshell Burke March 10, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Some parents cannot afford to pay busfare but they can afford the expensive north face bags,the expensive phones,school shoes and the list goes on .it want stopping and what is the sense of the school buses going to the schools and still the children crowding the zrs,minibuses and the unconvincing commuters on the public transport.this needs looking in too smh

  11. Alva Holdipp-Hope
    Alva Holdipp-Hope March 10, 2015 at 5:09 am

    The late Tom Adams had introduced a system for pensioners. Free before 9 and after some time on in between there. We all say the elderly… But many if them catch the minivans n have no problem paying. Many others getting a pension nd not 65 Nd have to pay..

    • harry turnover March 10, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Pensioners catching minivans ?? but I would say free for school children before 9am and between 3 and 4 pm

  12. Sam March 10, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Why not just force them to use Transport board busses only no mini busses . Fine the mini busses owner who break the rules . One might also want to see implementation of some type of ID system in place ,where time frames are in place according to child school period and permit given to those who have to stay after school for what every reason .
    Again these should be police station in the bus terminal at all time during the day and evening period . One just one police but a real police present .


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