The Party in a release said that there must be equitable distribution of resources and wealth across the country and therefore insists that the David Granger administration forthwith reduce the ferry fares.
The Party is of the view this call is a just one, since the ferries are owned and operated by the state.
“The cost to cross the Berbice River Bridge return with a minibus and 15 passengers
is $1,900, while the same minibus with 15 passengers pays $7,680 to cross with the Ferry from Supenaam to Parika and back.Therefore, residents of Region Two who are using the ferry pay in excess of 250% more than what those using the Berbice River Bridge pay,” the Party stated.
It was noted that a significant reduction in these fares will no doubt have a positive impact on businesses as well as the farming community, the poor and vulnerable in in Region Two.
Further, PPP called for the establishment of an oversight committee made up of primarily residents in good standing of Region Two, to oversee a total review of the operations of the two vessels, inclusive of their schedule.
“This review must take into consideration the need to give priority at all times to vehicles transporting perishable items, as well as those transporting the sick, elderly and the disabled. This review must also take into consideration allegations of favoritism, discrimination, bribery and corruption by persons employed at the Transport and Harbours Department leveled by those who utilize the ferries on a constant basis,” the statement noted.