It has become a common practice by drivers of motor-omni buses throughout the State to seldom journey to their expected final destination. Instead, these drivers make abridged (shorter) trips thus setting down their passengers who are then expected to walk the rest of their journey or pay another bus to transport them to their destination.
Numerous complaints in this regard have been received by passengers using the services of buses travelling the following routes – St. George – Grand Anse – Calliste, Calivigny; St. David – Grenville; St. George – Perdmontemps – Vincennes.
Bus drivers must be aware that the sticker on their respective buses serves as a contract between the driver of the motor omnibus and the passenger. Failure to comply with the terms of this contract makes a bus driver liable to be prosecuted.
Under normal circumstances the designated route of a bus is guided by the sticker affixed to the vehicle. Example the St. George-Grand Anse-Calliste route terminates on Calliste Hill and not at the Calliste junction. Similarly, the St. George-Perdmontemps-Windsor Forest-Vincennes route terminates at the junction with Dudmar/ Syracuse and Vincennes.
It is therefore mandatory that all prescribed route be completed as indicated on the sticker.
The law according to the Road Traffic (bus routes) Regulations speaks to the rights and responsibilities of bus owners and passengers.
It mandates a motor bus to proceed direct to its destination:
The 1990 Law of Grenada, Volume 1, Chapter 201, Section 46 states, “Every person driving a Motor Omnibus on a road shall after quitting any stand or garage with passengers proceed directly to the place or places included in the route of such omnibus, and shall not delay in so doing, and shall not return to the place of departure after leaving it, except on the return journey.”
The 2003 Road Traffic (Bus Routes) Regulations 15 (2) states, “On every trip a bus must complete its route on the return or outwards journey unless the certificate allows otherwise.”
Regulation 17 (1) Offences: a person who contravenes Regulation 3 and any of the provisions of Regulation 10 (1), 13, 14 and 15 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of $2,500 for each offence or in default imprisonment for three (3) months.
The Royal Grenada Police Force calls on all bus drivers/owners who are involved in letting down passengers at destinations other than their final destination to stop this practice. Greater emphasis will be placed on measures to ensure that this important traffic regulation is observed. We urge everyone concern to let good sense prevail and obey the law of this country.
Persons who are so affected are asked to report same to the nearest police station.