St. Maarten Police make agreement with bus drivers

POSTED: 10/31/13 11:15 AM

St. Maarten – On Tuesday, the St. Maarten Police department headed by Inspector Benjamin Gout (head of the traffic department) and bus drivers met at the Philipsburg police station to continue talks that started on October 22 about the end of the year holiday season. Many issues and agreements like road closures, traffic diversions and the use of Back Street were discussed. Police and bus drivers made the following agreements. Buses will be stationed at the Little League Ballpark on the Soualiga Boulevard. Five spaces will be reserved for buses on the D.A. Peterson Street opposite the Windward Islands Bank. At regulated times these buses will leave these spaces and enter Back Street. At the same time five  other buses will leave the Little League Ball Park and fill the same spaces opposite the bank, until it is their turn to go into Back Street.

Stopping on the road causing unnecessary traffic hold ups at Afoo in Cole Bay and on the Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill Road) will not be tolerated. Bus drivers who commit this violation will be fined 250 guilders. All buses will be illuminated by white light on the inside of the vehicle while operating during the night hours. All buses and their drivers will be checked to make sure that all necessary documents are in order. All buses must carry a tariff-card, visible to the public, informing them about the prices that are stipulated by law for each trip.

The police department notes that it is stipulated by law that passengers have to pay as they enter a bus. The police request that passengers pay as much as possible with the correct amount to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.

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