The recent protest action by the Mahuat bus drivers has prompted increased police presence, daily, between 10 am and 5 pm, at the Mahaut bus terminal.
On June 1, 2012, the bus terminal was moved from its original location in Lagoon (Independence Street) to the area the East Bridge and the E.C Loblack Bridge. Bus drivers were then required to form lines and served on a first come first serve basis.
However, last week the drivers protested, citing unfair treatment since according to them, some drivers do not follow the rules to stay in line. Instead they try to solicit passengers who have already entered other buses.
But speaking on State owned DBS Tuesday, assistant superintendant of police Patrickson Albert, said that the police has increased its presence at the terminal to deal with the issue.
“At present we have two or more officers from 10 onward, but what we have noticed from 7 in the morning you have the bus drivers are busy they drop their passengers, they move back. But from 10 onwards, you find that they begin to park and come in line… so since then we have two or more officers from 10-5 pm” he said. “So we don’t want and can’t allow this to happen”.
He said that it is an offence to obstruct the route and for this offenders are charged.
‘And what you find is the bus drivers who remain in this line for a long and extended period of time, might find that this is unfair to them, and sometime last week they could not take it any longer, so they decided that they bock the road, but this again we cannot allow to happen’.
Albert also mentioned that there are model bus stops that actually assist the busses in front of them.
‘If you look across the Canefeild bus stop you can see models they assist others to load their bus…you go to other Pointe Mitchel bus stop there may be one or two drivers who after four they adopt the Mahaut style and this people will move further up from the Pointe Mitchel area”.
Albert added that it would be his dream “and my wish to have a parking terminal in Roseau…but that’s beyond me.”