Cabinet disappointed with public transportation operators refusal to lower fare


By Fareeza Haniff

Minibus[] – Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon says Cabinet is disappointed that some operators in the public transportation sector have refused to reduce their fare despite a 30% drop in fuel prices.

Dr Luncheon told a press conference on Wednesday, January 28 that the impact from the fuel price reduction on the transportation sector has not been to “Cabinet’s desire nor its expectations.”

He acknowledged that while some operators have reduced their fares, others have not.

“In quite a few areas, operators and owners of public transport, they have indeed reduced fares… however in other areas, other categories of operators and owners have adamantly refused to countenance any change in their fare structure,” Dr Luncheon said.

He reminded that the very operators would demand an increase in fare when there is an increase in fuel price on the world market.

“When fuel prices go up, there is a demand for increases in fair but when fuel prices fall, it’s like pulling teeth to get fair increases to be rolled back.”

iNews had reported that citizens should not look forward to any immediate reductions in public transportation, as President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews said the reduction in fares would be a reasonable move but cautioned that it was not something that should be expected immediately.

Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon.
Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

He said the Union is always open to negotiations and will endeavor to ensure the travelling public and all other stakeholders benefit from the reduction but “to say it will drop immediately is not a normal thing to do.”

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary also pointed out that some privately owned gas stations have not reduced their fuel price; the same situation is occurring in the aviation sector.

He observed that only the newly commissioned Guyoil outlet at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is offering fuel at a reduced cost to the aviation sector.



  1. Everyday you sounding a little worse, I am very happy to see you scared and getting ready to cut and run. Just remember you only blog on bull shit,you and the rest of crabs have said nothing on the burning of a KID but two coliee dogs and the old dick brain lunch man saying he Ok with them criminals even being alive. They have it coming, I am going to be in your face everyday and you could try hiding under freedom house i am the LAW and i will be coming for you Joyce for short Jai,,

  2. the 42 friendship buses are charging $100 for short drop. this is quite unfair and when you pay them $60 a long line of insult is being lectured

  3. Hey G.D.Hoyte, You seems to make a little sense there. Do you care to elaborate?
    It’s good to see constructive criticism, Criticism with an solution. I hope your friend learn a thing or two from you. The rogue claim to be salim and pandit at the same time. poor Andrew, He calling God hand made creation “jackass”
    I wonder how he would pronounce the opposition name after they coalate?
    Pandit personality, and the phanton personality would tell the salim personality to call it AFCAP NU what a bunch of mediocre.

  4. The answer to this is either the Gov. of a private person invest in big buses to halt the greed being express by these mini buses operators. Or let the ministry of transportation overhaul the laws and set fare prices it is time this be done.

  5. Tell the berbice bridge company to lower the toll, tell GPL to lower the rates, seems like the cabinet thinks only the minibus operatord benifitting from the reduced fuel prices,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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