After consultation with the relevant stakeholders an increase in the amount of passengers travelling in public service vehicles was recommended with immediate effect.
Superintendent Kenneth John, Head of the Traffic Department is advising that due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the protocols to be adopted that all omnibus licensed to transport eighteen (18) passengers at this moment carry twelve (12) rather than the previously recommended amount of nine (9). In addition, the recommended amount for the twenty five (25) and twenty nine (29) seaters omnibuses have been increased to eighteen (18) and twenty one (21) respectively.
Superintendent John outlined that the Traffic Department will be clamping down on any sort of delinquency to ensure the safety of commuters travelling on public service vehicles and the general public as a whole. He further stated that the protocols and guidelines as stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHE) should be followed and all public service vehicles should be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition according to the traffic regulations.
Superintendent Kenneth John thanked the general public for their continued support in light of the global pandemic and their efforts to maintain peace and safety in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.