Barbados Pm Settles Raging Transportation Issue

Here, Mottley (centre) announces that schoolchidren would now be allowed to pay $2.50, from left are Nicholls, Philips, Duguid (partially hidden) and Mcconney.

Barbadians are all for a $1 decrease in bus fare for schoolchildren, after Prime Minister Mia Mottley intervened in what had become a raging national controversy.

She confirmed the reduction at an emergency meeting with all transport sector stakeholders, which lasted more than two hours at Government Headquarters on Wednesday.

“The privately-owned public service vehicles [PSVs] have agreed that they will not charge schoolchildren more than $2.50,” Mottley told the media.

The Prime Minister also explained that in the coming months several PSVs would be added under the Transport Board “brand”, which would be identified with decal stickers, on which the students would travel for free.

“In the case of the Transport Board buses, that $2.50, obviously, is paid by Government. But in the case of the PSVs that are privately-owned and not working under the Transport Board brand, then the schoolchild will pay $2.50.