Seat belts for buses

The pending amendments to the Road Traffic Regulations should call for the outfitting of all Public Service vehicles with seat belts for passengers.

Parliamentary representative for Christ Church West Central Stephen Lashley made this call today while speaking on a money resolution for $10.3 million for road construction and maintenance.

In making his call, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs said: “Transport Board buses, route taxis, maxi taxis and any vehicle that transport passengers need to be outfitted with seat belts.

“I do not accept the fact that Transport Board buses and route taxis are not fitted with seat belts. I suspect that particularly in relation to those mass casualty events we had over the past number of weeks and the number of casualties that have been injured could have been reduced were it be for the mandatory outfitting of vehicles with seat belts.”

Addressing the issue of inspection of public service vehicles, the MP said: “The other concern that I have is that I am not convinced that our current system of inspection affecting particularly public service vehicles in a very specific way is doing all that it should do.

“I believe that we need to have a much more rigorous system in place for Transport Board buses and ZRs and other vehicles used to transport members of the public.

“We have seen some years ago the incident of one vehicle moving Crop Over passengers from the St Michael area to the East Coast when we had [the] Soca Royale event. That particular incident where one vehicle would have the brakes failing. It resulted in the death of several passengers who would have taken that vehicle believing that it was safe to use.

“We need to give the public greater assurance by some visible means, perhaps an inspection certificate required to be posted on these vehicles to give the public the assurance that they have been appropriately inspected,” Lashley added.

Earlier, Lashley suggested that financial allocations should be included in the Estimates for each constituency for road construction and maintenance.

He also addressed the issue of motorists ignoring red lights and suggested that traffic cameras should be pressed into service with an automated ticketing system.

11 Responses to Seat belts for buses

  1. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway February 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Drive slow and careful

  2. Sanderson Rowe February 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    The question that was never answered re -the Joy Road -Soca Royale accident. Was the accident due to mechanical failure of the braking system, or due to drivers error, which cause severe ”Brake Fade”. If PSV drivers are not properly trained, especially in the art of Defensive Driving, no amount of seat belts will save any passenger from injury or worse.

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 12, 2014 at 12:16 am

    But seat belts don’t allways save life, l think its the distractions an unnecessary chances, alot of these accidents can be avoided if drivers take the necessary precautions as they drive,if any one here is willing by my demonstration to show Y so many accidents or happening,its only today I saw some one going on the wrong side of the roundabout an by the look on the persons face was a confused look…

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 12, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Its like accidents or just waiting to happen an worst thing about driving in Barbados bajans can be wrong an still wanna be strong so they keep repetitive driving behavior till an accident do happen cause ur responsible for the vehicle..

  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott February 12, 2014 at 3:10 am

    is this really what they came up with? with all the “turn overs” this will be bare milk shake , so u will be trapped in a seat belt with a “used to be standing passenger” holding you down..what a stupid suggestion!!!!!

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Seat Belts for safety. Ok. Compensation to those injured from the idiot drivers who cause the accident in the first place. Death’s life in jail. See how quick they come to the senses and stop the foolishness.

  7. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria February 12, 2014 at 7:20 am

    struspe. I call of this “black noise.” It usually occurs in the aftermath of a tragedy. Like how after those girls died in the fire in town, certain people keep noise about making sure the stores are brought “up to code.” And how after that family died in the cave-in people keep noise about making sure that the builders etc did their jobs properly. After the noise died down, did anything change? NO. So, this will be no different. However, at least it provide the newspapers with a story…..

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This is a dumb idea aint going to work,police should start doing a better job along with courts that’s all that’s really needed not stupid ideas.Also politicians should start making real laws that have teeth not water down laws and stop with stupid lip service and hot air gibberish.

  9. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson February 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Seat belts? What good would that do? That’s not gonna stop them driving like idiots…

  10. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson February 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Seat belts? What good would that do? That’s not gonna stop them driving like idiots…


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