Independent bus operators across Ontario are celebrating a small victory after the announcement of a request for a six-month moratorium on the province’s competitive procurement policy.
The request made by Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky comes after a number of protests from independent bus operators, arguing that the policy unfairly favours large companies able to low-ball bids on school transportation contracts. John Chapman, owner and operator of Newry Coach Lines, said there has been a lot of lobbying with senior staff from Dombrowsky’s office, and a rally of 30 buses held in Arthur last month received a lot of attention.
“It certainly was a tipping point as far getting our message out there to the people whose children ride the buses,” Chapman said. “It’s created a lot of conversation with parents, at least in this part of rural Ontario.”
Although several pilot projects have already been held, the Minister’s office is letting school boards know that for the next six months they are not required to move ahead with competitive procurement for student transportation. ... Please read more in this weeks Listowel Banner