Well one is funded in full by Government and the other has a fee attached to it for use.
The Private School Transport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (PSTATT) is today making the clarification as it says misleading media reports have used both terms interchangeably and as a result parents are now refusing to pay the fee for the service.
The Association explained there are several indicators that can separate private school buses and maxi taxis. For one, and perhaps most obvious, private school transports are by law required to be painted yellow. They’re also required to have the words School Bus and an assigned number displayed clearly on the sides, front and rear of the vehicle.
The Association is also refuting reports that Government has outstanding monies due to them as it again made the distinction that the Ministry in no way financially supports them.
And the Ministry of Education has begun a review of the service of school transportation in a bid to eliminate wastage.
A release from the Ministry states that the action comes after alarming figures from its initial investigation showed it was paying for some 34,000 seats monthly however less than 12,000 students were benefitting from the program.
The 34,000 seat bill which translates to 50 million dollars annually has been in place for the past ten years.
The Ministry said this annual subvention must be reduced.
The PTSC system currently services 67 primary and 90 secondary schools.