Ten (10) TOTAL OCCUPANTS per Minibus, including Driver and Conductor

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has implemented a measure for minibus operations, limiting the number of persons recommended to travel within the respective public transportation buses in the country.

The office of the Prime Minister, on the advise of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment with respect to the protocols for social and physical distancing, has informed that the number of persons traveling in an 18-seater bus should be limited to a total of 10 occupants including the conductor and driver. Similarly, for 26-seater buses, the limit should be a total 15 occupants including the conductor and driver.

The Traffic Branch of the Royal SVG Police Force (RSVGPF) provided a breakdown of this.

  • Breakdown 18-seater bus:

Driver (1)

Conductor (1)

Ordinary passengers (8)

Total occupants (10)

  • Breakdown 26-seater buses:

Driver (1)

Conductor (1)

Ordinary passengers (13)

Total occupants (15)

Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves informed that there are an estimated 1,400 operational minibuses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The prime minister, speaking at a press conference on Friday (Apr. 3) noted that 1,200 officers from the RSVGPF are “actively about” enforcing these measures. He also asked bus operators to “behave in a responsible manner.”

Minister of Finance, Hon. Camillo Gonsalves during a meeting of Parliament on Tuesday (Apr. 7) morning informed that bus operators are to receive a $250 stipend from the government for the next three month as well as reduction in diesel prices and assistance from various banks and institutions with regard to loan payments.