Two men, employed with the Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC), are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate, after being arrested for stealing two kegs of diesel from PTSC.
Curtis St Louis, 43, a PTSC mechanic, of Phipps Terrace, Talparo, and Andrew Sergeant, 43, a PTSC driving conductor, of Mon Repos Road, Morvant, were charged with larceny, after being arrested on Monday 11th June, 2018.
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.
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.
The Ministry of Works and Transport has said that the General Manager of the Public Transport Services Commission, Ronald Forde has been reinstated to his position with immediate effect.
The following is the statement issued by the Ministry on Monday.
"Reports in the public domain have conveyed that Mr Ronald Forde, General Manager of the PTSC was placed on leave as of November 25, 2016.
Subsequent to these events, the Ministry of Works and Transport wishes to advise that effective immediately, Mr Forde has been reinstated in his substantive post.
One person is dead and eight others injured after a PTSC bus plunged over a precipice in L'anse Fourmi, Tobago.
CNC3 News understands that the accident took place around 6:15 this morning.
The victim who has not been identified is said to be 50 years old.
Fire officers and residents rushed to the scene and attempted to rescue trapped passengers.