inspector Benjamin Gout headed a meeting on Wednesday, between the police and the bus drivers
at the Philipsburg police station
. These talks were a follow up meeting to talks held on October 22nd, concerning the upcoming busy holiday season
. During the talks many issues such as road closures, traffic diversions and the use ofBackstreet
were discussed. The meeting was well attended. The issue of drivers not having representation from any association or organisation was also a topic of discussion with one of the busdrivers being appointed as contact person between the two parties. Agreements that were made between the bus drivers and the police to alleviate the traffic in Philipsburg are as follows:
-Buses will be stationed at the Little League
Ball Park on Soualiga Boulevard.
-5 spaces will be reserved for buses
on E. Camille Richardson street opposite the Windward Islands Bank.
-At regulated times buses will leave these spaces and be allowed to enter Back Street. At the same time five other buses will leave The Little League Ball Park and fill the spaces opposite the bank, until it is their turn to go into Back Street.
-Stopping on the road, causing unneccessary traffic, hold-ups
at Afoo in Colebay and the Walter Nisbet Road (Pondill Road) will not be permitted. Bus drivers violating this regulation or committing any other traffic violation will be fined.
-All buses and their drivers will be checked to make sure that all necessary documents are in order.
-All buses must carry a tariff card, visible to the genral public, informing them of the prices that are stipulated by law for each trip.
The police and bus drivers aim to implement these regulations as soon as possible. Exact dates are yet to be announced.
-On behalf of the bus drivers, the Police Department would like to remind the general public that when a bus is used as a mode of transportation it is stipulated by law that “YOU PAY AS YOU ENTER”.