Assistant Deputy General Manager of the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC), Tobago Operations, Henry Cook, confirms that ten (10) new diesel buses have arrived in Tobago to service the bus routes and a further five (5) CNG buses, inclusive of two (2) tour buses, will arrive in the coming weeks.
This will significantly improve the quality of Tobago’s bus fleet including replacement of the maxi taxis currently servicing the Charlotteville and L’anse Fourmi routes.
National Gas Company (NGC) President Curtis Mohammed, also confirms that two mobile CNG stations will be deployed at the COVE Estate to service the CNG buses only but indicated that conversations regarding CNG access by the general public are in train.
PTSC’s management also reports that training for the Tobago bus drivers has commenced and will continue for the next two weeks. This training is facilitated by Chinese technicians from the Higer bus company, as well as the driving instructor from PTSC Trinidad and a local technician from Tobago Barry-Lee Graham, who was previously sent to China to be trained.
An official commissioning ceremony for the buses will take place in the coming weeks. Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan and Chairman of PTSC Edward Gooding are expected to be in attendance.
PTSC’s management gives the assurance that the new buses are suitable for the Tobago terrain and drivers will be adequately trained to operate the new fleet.