A former manager at the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC), who was fired after three years on the job when it was discovered that he did not have the qualifications for the post, has come to a $600,000 settlement over his dismissal.
The settlement was announced as the wrongful dismissal case brought by Ishwar Jadoonanan was set to go on trial before Justice Frank Seepersad at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.
Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says the Police Service and the Transport Commissioner are conducting two separate investigations into Tuesday’s horrific accident, which saw two people being killed and 48 others injured.
A foreign object lying on the Uriah Butler Highway may have caused the accident on Tuesday that resulted in the death of two women and not a defective tyre as initially believed.
This was yesterday disclosed to the Guardian Media by a senior licensing officer who received information directly from the investigating police officer and the inspector assigned to the Licensing Authority (Transport Division) of the Ministry of Works and Transport. Both officers were on the scene of the fatal accident in Charlieville on Tuesday.
There will be a review of the use of heaving vehicles, such as trucks, driving along the right lane of the highway following Tuesday's horrific accident which killed two people and left 48 injured.
This was confirmed by Minister of Works & Transport Rohan Sinanan after he visited some of the accident victims at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex on Wednesday.
"It is something that we are looking at, I can't say why they were on that lane. But it is something that we are looking at," said Sinanan.
Unwilling to believe the love of his life had died in a horrifying accident along the Uriah Butler Highway in Charlieville, Chaguanas, yesterday, 69-year-old Ramdial Baboolal drove from Debe to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope hoping media reports had been wrong.
The PTSC is apologising to commuters who were affected by the unavailable South Route bus services this morning.
In a statement issued today, the PSTC blames the union.
"It is unfortunate that Union Officials advised Drivers not to operate buses without inspection certificates being displayed on the bus, as not all southern buses had copies of the certificates displayed and this has since been addressed," it said.
The Public Transport Service Corporation’s (PTSC) goal for 2019 is to transform into a modern, technologically advanced service with a fleet of 500 working buses.
There are plans to acquire 300 new buses in the coming year, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said in an interview after a function to commission a 1000-kilowatt Caterpillar generator at City Gate.
The generator was purchased locally from Tracmac at an estimated cost of $4 million.
A 55-year-old man who stole a PTSC bus this morning and left a path of destruction in its wake has been captured.CNC3 News understands that the Longdenville man managed to breach the PTSC garage opposite the Chaguanas Police Station between 3 and 4 am and took a bus. Reports suggest he then collided with three vehicles and a gate along the Chaguanas Main Road. One of the vehicles struck during the incident was owned by a newspaper vendor whose van subsequently hit a parked BK Holdings truck which crashed into a nearby building.