Over 300 vans so far have been registered for the sanitization programme and stimulus payment offered by the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
Van owners/operators have been advised by Royron Adams, Vice President (Ag.) of the Vincentian Transportation Association (VINTAS), to get registered.
Speaking with XtremeFM’s Tha Fugitive and Christal on Tuesday (Apr. 21), Adams noted that only those who register will benefit.
The government, in its COVID-19 recovery and stimulus package allocated monies to minivan operators as they have faced economical challenges due to stipulations put in place because of the global pandemic.
According to Adams, $700,000 has been allocated to the minibus sector, this he noted was confirmed at a meeting his organization had with government officials.
The deadline for registration will now end on Friday April 24, 2020, an extension from the original deadline on Wednesday April 22, 2020.
Registration stations are located at the decommissioned E.T. Joshua Airport for vans who operate the Windward route and at the Victoria Park for those on the Leeward side as well as Kingstown. The operating hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm.
Two sanitizing stations are situated that both the Leeward and Windward Bus Terminals.
The VINTAS executive informed that the Minister of Transport has given assurance that a system is in place to facilitate registration of vans on the northern Windward constituencies that do not operate into Kingstown.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves previously stated that there are an estimated 1,400 minivans operating in SVG. Adams contradicted this giving his estimation of 600. He explained that the number previously stated derived from a report from the department that is responsible for vehicle registration, noting that the information may not have been sifted thoroughly to ascertain the number of minibuses that are actually in operation.