Guyana: Intense police presence needed to stomp out Georgetown’s minibus park chaos

Picture of the bus parks in the city

Kaieteur News understands that the pleading comes after the issue of overloading minibuses has increased drastically.   

According to sources, the majority of the minibus operators working the Route 48 and Route 40 are guilty of such practices. And by doing that, they are at all times putting their lives and the lives of their passengers in danger.

The issue of overloading is causing increased tension at the bus park.

In an interview, Mr. Copeland stated that the issue of overloading is one that the Police Force has to look into because the Minibus Union has no control.

Mr. Copeland further stated that in order to cut back on the overloading issue, the Minibus Union has implemented the number system. Different lanes were set up so that drivers can load their buses in an orderly manner.However, drivers still tend to cut the line and move towards the front where they continue to carry out the act.

Mr. Copeland stated that police ranks should be at the parks to overlook the bus operators and anyone found guilty of overloading should be ordered to leave the park without loading their bus.

According to the President of UMU, Eon Andrews, the issue of over-loading continues because the presence of police ranks at the various parks is lacking.

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  • BridgIt A Sam-Bailey  On 01/18/2020 at 12:16 am

    This looks utterly shambolic. How does anyone negotiate that confusion to access a vehicle? Besides this, it seems so disorganised, and dangerous. I thought this was done years ago. I would not want to enter that fray to get into a vehicle.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/18/2020 at 1:27 am

      Simple Simon says
      Big market area should be “pedestrianised”
      “No ifs or buts”
      During parliament sitting entrance to its surrounds are usually cornered off by
      Police barricades. Controlled entrance and
      Exit of authorised vehicles for loading/unloading regulated/policed.

      On my last visit was almost run over
      by a touting mini cab driver.
      How stupid are the powers that be !

      It’s common sense to “pedestrianise”
      the entire area.
      When flooded it’s even more dangerous.

      Go figure !

      Decisions decisions


  • Janice  On 01/18/2020 at 7:27 am

    This is nothing new and should have been addressed many years ago. Guyana has been a lawless society for decades now. These mini bus drivers feel they’re a law into themselves. It’s important to increase the police force and pay them a proper wage if this lawless behaviour is to be curtailed. Over crowded mini buses should be confiscated and drivers made to pay a hefty fine or face jail if they don’t. This situation requires a BIG STICK approach. No slap on the wrist. Policemen caught being paid off by owners or drivers must be charged and dismissed from the force. We’re talking about the lives of Guyanese people. Something must be done and done immediately.

    • Emanuel  On 01/18/2020 at 11:08 pm

      Do you really think that drivers should be imprisoned for being caught with an overcrowded minibus? Damn, that is kinda draconian, don’t you think?

      • kamtanblog  On 01/19/2020 at 1:26 pm

        No. Not imprisoned.
        Fines or lose license.

  • Trevor  On 01/18/2020 at 10:14 pm

    Some of those same ‘hot plate’ buses are owned by the police themselves, so police man ain’t gonna send his own bus to park overnight in Brickdam Station.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/19/2020 at 1:19 am

      Corruption on the menu

      Pass the wine menu please !

      Isn’t there a registration of vehicles
      in operation…with an updated data
      base available for public scrutiny ?
      It’s not rocket science !
      It is 2020


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