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St. Vincent & Grenadines: Van drivers urged to consult before negotiating with gov’t

Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock says omnibus operators should consult before negotiating with the government.

Leacock said that in seeking advice, omnibus operators could avoid situations as the one that unfolded this week, where they gave the government an opportunity to turn the public against them.

On Monday, some omnibus operators withdrew their service, one week after a law came into effect halving, for one month, the number of passengers an omnibus is permitted to carry.

However, unlike last year when the government enforced its “recommendation” that ridership be reduced by one-third, this year, the government did not announce a subsidy to cushion the impact of the law on the public transportation sector.

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