Thirty-five new buses that were purchased by the Government from China have reached the Port of Port-of-Spain, but cannot be cleared because a “simple documentation” procedure was not done in time for the vehicles’ arrival.
This error has so far cost taxpayers approximately $1.1 million in port storage fees, all because the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) failed to write a note seeking Cabinet’s approval for the exemption of Value Added and Motor Vehicle Taxes on the incoming bases.
A bush fire in Carlsen Field in Central Trinidad has destroyed six buses belonging to the Public Transport Services Commission (PTSC).
Video and photos show the buses burning as firefighters struggle to put out the blaze and the burnt out skeletons of the buses after the fire was extinguished.
We're told that the buses were not among PTSC's fleet of buses currently in service, but formed part of a group of scores of buses parked in the area that are either awaiting repair work or are used for spare parts.
PTSC will release a statement later on the disaster.
If everything else is “going up,” PTSC bus commuters are still safe from fare hikes—so far.
Although the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) hasn’t had a fare increase in 26 years and depends on an 80 per cent subsidy from the Government, there’s no intention to consider raising fares, PTSC chairman Edwin Gooding has assured.
Gooding did so yesterday when PTSC managers were interviewed by Parliament’s Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Land and Physical Infrastructure. This examined the bus transport system’s efficiency.