Local truckers will soon begin benefiting from the construction of the international airport at Argyle.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has announced that over the next eight months, local trucks will be contracted to work at the construction site.
“… we are going to spend in the region of $3 million on trucking. We are renting now about 14 trucks every two weeks,” he told Parliament on Thursday.
He said there are over 50 trucks, ranging from 4 to 12 tonnes, which will be rotated every two weeks.
“So everybody get a piece of the action. It’s good money for the truckers and it is a sensible way for IADC to operate. Because we are coming to the end, it doesn’t make sense in buying a whole new set of trucks.”
Gonsalves said the owner of a 4-tonne truck will make EC$600 a day, while a 12-tonne trucks will make EC$1,050.
He noted the monies to be made if a trucker spends EC$150 on diesel and pays the driver EC$100 per day.
“So it’s good money that fellas are making,” he told Parliament, adding that one trucker has said he will work one day free for every 12 paid days.
The government has initially acquired its own truck to do the earthworks at the airport when works began five years ago.