Jean-Paul Coutard is realizing his childhood dream, to make his own vehicle. Indeed, for more than a year, it engages fully in a manufacturing project of a bus which is over 80% completed. This vehicle which will bear the mark Coutard will be presented to the public very soon. "It only remains for me only a few weeks of work for its completion; his official presentation will be very soon,"said Jean-Paul Coutard, during a visit of Le Nouvelliste in his workshop, where about twenty young people actively work to accomplish this project.
Many handicrafts has been already made in the Middle, but the work of Coutard exceeds one thousand cubits these initiatives. "As you can see, this is not an exercise in reassembling parts. Is not the body that we remake. It is a whole vehicle that we are making,"says the former student mechanics heavyweight diesel institute of Haiti, who has also studied the bodywork at the Montreal automobile school. «We obviously buy some accessories like the engine, the tires...» », he explains, pointing out that some accessories are manufactured on request with specific characteristics.
For the construction of this bus, Jean-Paul Coutard explains that it took more than 7 years of preparation. "It is after drawing close to twenty of plans that we adopt the final plan of the bus," he said. "I spent 5 years in the Canada to study and I took also advantage to store tools that I need in this business," he said, thanking so some Canadian professors whom he provided advice and encouraged in this initiative. Today, his workshop is not facing great problems at the level of tooling. "Among the materials used in his work, only metals are purchased in the country", says the North St. Louis native, indicating that his vehicle is very suitable for the reality of our roads.
This project has not been without difficulties for its initiator. "We have taken all this time to complete this project because we were facing financial problems," he says. Its efforts to find loans for his project were unsuccessful. "I personally sought funding in two financial institutions from the place which have categorically refused me all ready for this project", he complained.
Supported by his family, including his father, Lionel Coutard - a quaint fifty years in the business of public transit Port-de-peace/Port - au Prince in the Northwest-, the project is funded the day the day. "We have no funding for this project; explains what we take all this time to finish him off', explains Jean-Paul Coutard, believing in a month the actual time it takes to manufacture a bus if it finds continued funding.
Married and father of a child, Jean-Paul Coutard said thanking his young wife who agreed more than a year of repeated almost absent every day at home. "All my time invested in this company and I have a wife that I understood and believed in this initiative", he says, hoping that, after this experience it will find funding to be master of his time in the upcoming productions.
The realization of this vehicle gives a lesson to Jean-Paul Coutard. "It is a lesson which shows that when you have a dream, you have to fight to achieve," he said, saying dream agenda for exposure of its product to the public. He wants to fight for the improvement of public transit in the country. "I would so change the State in which practice is public transit in the country and in the Northwest particularly," he said, adding that as it is practised today, public transit is not reasonable. Jean-Paul Coutard knows certainly what he is talking about, since he was raised in a family that was the business in this sector for over half a century.
This first bus produced by a Haitian will therefore be on the route peace/Port Port - au-Prince, indicates the constructor, which condemns the deplorable state in which travel the people of Northwest. The bus will not definitely in transport, it will be exposed as a monument, in a place where people can come and visit it. "As I produce other buses, we will remove the first in traffic, he said.
After this first experience, the Saint-Joyce said now the experience necessary to achieve another vehicle within a reasonable time with adequate funding. "We are able now to assert that we can reproduce this same bus in one month with sustained funding," said the son of Lionel Coutard, saying have to duplicate this model for any company and any individual.