Ministry processes payments for school maxi-drivers

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has confirmed that school maxi taxi drivers will receive their arrears in due course.

Responding to a question in Parliament today on whether the outstanding debt owed to school transport operators was fully settled, Gadsby-Dolly said his department continued to work with the PTSC on the provision of transport to students.

She noted that the ministry also continues to process invoices sent by PTSC, make payments and resolve any issues. The minister, however, said this remains an ongoing process.

Asked by the MP for Cumuto/Manzanilla, Dr Rai Ragbir, about the availability of the service for students from rural areas, the Minister said that this was also being processed:

“As we speak, the ministry is meeting with the PTSC and the association to determine some of the areas so that we can ensure that all rural areas are served as soon as possible.”

Last month, Maxi-Taxi school bus dealership chairman Rodney Ramlogan said the association was still awaiting word from the department on whether to restart its services. He said that even if they had been contacted, they might have refused due to promises to pay the drivers which never materialized.

Government Affairs Leader Paula Gopee Scoon in the Senate on April 20 said about $1.2 million in payments had been made by the department to PTSC this academic year. She said the remaining bills totaling $184,000 were being processed for payment.

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