By Aaron Humes: Crispin Jeffries is standing down as Chief Transport Officer at the end of this week. Today, his replacement, current operations officer for the Transport Department, Tirso Galvez made his public debut at this morning’s press conference at City Hall.
Galvez inherits a Department beset with many of the same problems that have hampered it from time immemorial: no control over bus operators’ permits and licenses; exposure by overcrowded buses to catastrophic accidents; and few checks and balances to ensure a safe AND enjoyable ride.
The new man in charge says a meeting will be called shortly to lay down the law.
But on the matter of ticketing systems and even expanding the bus terminals in the major towns, Galvez says change will come later rather than sooner
It has come to the Department’s attention that some operators are charging above the current fares for bus transport. Galvez issued a warning for operators and advice to customers: no fares have been increased and if you are paying more than you should, contact the Department of Transport.