Two weeks away from the beginning of the school year, nearly 300,000 students in the Montreal area may not be able to take a school bus to class, as the province and transportation companies are at an impasse in their contract negotiations.
Ninety five per cent of school bus driver contracts in and around Montreal that expired in June have not been renewed, according to Luc Lafrance, the president of the federation representing the private transportation companies, the Fédération des transporteurs par autobus (FTA).
Lafrance said talks have been “stalling everywhere” because the government won’t meet the companies’ cost demands, which he said are higher this year due to the rise in inflation and lack of drivers.
“What the government is offering is insufficient to ensure transportation of the students,” he said. “Several drivers left in the pandemic. It’s not an easy job. We…