Grenadian bus drivers charged for violating emergency powers regulations

Two bus drivers have been arrested and charged with violating the 2020 Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations after they were found carrying passengers in defiance of the social distancing.

Police said that Alric Noel, 27, was found to be carrying approximately 17 persons on a passenger bus while 49-year-old Lorris Phillip was stopped after he was found with an overloaded (passenger) bus.

“Everything that puts our lives and livelihood at risk ends.”

— Health Minister Nicholas Steele

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said both men are in custody, and the police are reminding everyone to comply with the 2020 Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations.

Section13 (1)a of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations states that no person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any motor omnibus, unless there is or would be not more than one passenger per row in the motor omnibus in a staggered formation.

It warned that a person who contravenes or fails to comply with these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and, on summary conviction, liable to a fine of EC$1,000 and to imprisonment for 12 months and to forfeiture of any goods or money in respect of which the offence has been committed.

On Sunday, Health Minister Nicholas Steele said that all “crowded buses will be parked up.

“Everything that puts our lives and livelihood at risk ends. Fellow citizens, as a result of the inability of some of you to follow the guidelines designed to keep you safe, the Government is now revisiting the measures from last week with a view to escalating them,” he said.