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Hundreds of commuters
were left stranded yesterday at
several of the Public Transport
Services Corporation s (PTSC)
terminals following protest
action by bus drivers.
The terminals at Port-of-
Spain, San Fernando and Tobago
were adversely affected.
Bus drivers claimed they had
no buses to drive as all buses
were shut down pending
mechanical repairs because of
the lack of parts.
They also claimed that about
$3.5 million worth in bus parts
were still at the Port in Port-of-
Spain for the past four months,
waiting to be cleared. The work-
ers added that the reason
allegedly given was that PTSC
had no money to clear the goods.
In an interview yesterday,
president of the Transport and
Industrial Workers Union,
Roland Sutherland sought to
describe the severity of the sit-
"Between a fleet of 250 buses,
most of it does not work. When
the drivers come on the ready
line, half of the buses cannot
move and the ones that do after
about two hours they shut down
because of defects."
He added that the workers
ought to be commended on their
efforts to still report for duty but
blamed the corporation of their
lack of responsibility to make
available the proper parts for the
Sutherland said most of the
buses are more than 15 years old,
considering that its lifeline
amounts to just ten years.
"What happens is that they
now taking parts from one bus
to fix another bus, which is very
Most of the parts for the buses
are imported from China and
PTSC mechanic Nigel Alexan-
der said he and other mechanics
are under pressure: "They quick
to blame the mechanics and
engineers but we does real strug-
gle to make the buses run, to
make ends meet."
JENSEN LA VENDE
The innocent pay for the guilty. This
was the reasoning of relatives of 17-
year-old Nickosi Trim at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James yesterday as
they awaited his autopsy results.
Trim s aunt Marcia Trim told the
media her nephew was at home washing
his school uniform for the Laventille
Technology and Continuing Education
Campus, which falls under the National
Energy Skills Centre, when he left home
to go to a nearby parlour.
Trim, an aspiring mechanic, lived at
Upper St Barbs with his two younger
siblings and other relatives and went to
get a "pack juice and biscuit," his aunt
said. While he was there a car drove by
and opened fire on those present, fatally
injuring Trim, who died while in surgery
yesterday morning, and wounding
another man identified only as "Elvis."
Police said around 9 pm on Thursday
the occupants of a black Nissan Tiida
opened fire on a group of men at the
parlour on St Barb s Road, Laventille.
The two injured men were taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital,
where Trim died around 3 am yester-
Trim said her nephew was nicknamed
"Rattie" and "Bachac" because of his
small stature, and though he was the
eldest he was mistaken for the younger
His father, Nigel Trim, was incon-
solable at the Forensic Science Centre.
Marcia Trim said he had to be restrained
at the hospital after he tried to jump
off a balcony on hearing of his son s
"My family can t take that," Marcia
Trim said. "His mom died a while back
and now this.
"He didn t deserve that. Before he
went in the operation (theatre) I watch
him and said, I love you, right. You
know I love you, right? He said, Aunty,
yes I know, and then we went outside."
Trim added that she saw a white dove
land on a tree she was under at the hos-
pital and she took it as an omen. She
said she was told to go home only to
be told hours later that her first nephew
"Them fellas have to do better than
that, they can t be killing people children
just like that. I am a mother of four and
it hurting me deep down in my belly.
We have to come together as one and
forget about who is this and who is that,
because it not making any sense we
have to live as one," Trim said.
Another relative said the ongoing
Rasta City versus Muslim gang warfare
was the cause of Trim s death.
He was resolute that Trim was "not
in nothing," adding that what goes
around comes around and Trim s killer
would not go unscathed.
The murder toll, according to a T&T
Guardian tally, is now 315, six more than
for the corresponding period last year.
Teen killed in
Nickosi Trim in an undated
Bus drivers protest
for better fleet
Transport and Industrial Workers Union (TIWU) representative Marcus Grannum addresses members during
a protest outside City Gate transit hub, Port of Spain, yesterday. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
However, contrary to Sutherland's
statements and the bus drivers' concerns,
PTSC's general manager marketing and
communications, Carl Ramdeo, said there
are repairs being done on a consistent
basis. He added that initially there were
complaints of asbestos at the workplace at
Port-of-Spain and added that as a result
the workshop was relocated to Vemcott's
compound in Morvant.
Ramdeo also revealed that there will be
an addition of 35 new CNG-powered buses
on November 9 but its official launch, he
said, will take place on December 3.
As he said so there was a confrontation
between Ramdeo and some of the
disgruntled bus drivers and mechanics.
However, Ramdeo stood quietly and
allowed them to vent their frustrations.
"We are making every effort to enhance
the fleet, including the upgrading of other
He insisted that there were no defected
buses in the existing fleet, but admitted
that some of them were about 20 years
"We intend to increase the fleet to 500
or 600 buses."
Ramdeo explained that the process of
acquiring buses is not that simple as their
are special requirements and specifications
to be met.
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