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.