Grenada: Transport Minister calls suspension of bus operations as unfortunate

The Ministry of Transport has called as unfortunate, a call by the National Bus Association for bus operators to cease their services for one week

St. George: The Ministry of Transport has called as unfortunate, a call by the National Bus Association for bus operators to cease their services for one week, and at the same time, it has lauded the drivers who opted to remain providing this crucial service for passengers across the nation.

The call, announced via a press release on Tuesday, was noticed by some bus operators, pointing to some degree of disruption. However, the Ministry of Transport is roused by reports verifying that public transport is operational along all main routes, as the operations of the bus operators are essential in keeping the country running.

The Government is keenly aware of the important requirement to stabilise lives and livelihoods, but it also regards that discussion and collaboration will help to guide better joint effort that will not jeopardise any one sector or group of persons.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has frequently invited for collaboration, integration and cooperation in making determinations that are in the best of the nation, particularly at this time when Grenadians are all battling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the origin of the pandemic in particular, the government has given significant assistance to the public transportation sector, including sanitisation, benefits in the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Support Package, and the elimination of terminal fees to support operational buffer costs to ensure that operations remains possible for users.

Further, the Government expressed commitment to continue searching for measures that will bring relaxation, not only to the transportation sector, but to all sections of persons affected by the pandemic, as it poises the competing demands of various sectors.

Last week, the Ministry of Transport allocated 1,000 face masks, and this is in extension to the supply given by the Royal Grenada Police Force in recent weeks.

“The Ministry of Transport, and by expansion the Government of Grenada, stands ready and willing to engage in mutually fulfilling dialogue.
The Ministry is thankful for the assistance of the bus operators who plied their particular routes today to deter passengers from being stranded,” the statement read.

In this time of community spread and the exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, Government urged to the bus operatives and the commuting public to be watchful and to follow to the health and safety protocols circulated by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the virus better.