PSVs need to clean up their act

Public transport operator Morris Lee (left), making a point at yesterday’s meeting.

Transport operator Morris Lee has described a video, which has been making the rounds on social media showing  school children hanging out a moving ZR van’s windows as another example of how those in the business “shoot ourselves in the foot”.

Lee’s comments came yesterday at the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Dalkeith headquarters, as members of public transport associations  — The Alliance of Owners of Public Transportation, the Association of Public Transportation Operators, Drivers Against Reckless Driving —  and officials of the NUPW met to discuss the way forward for the industry in the wake of last Tuesday’s tragic ZR accident.

Referring to the video, Lee said it is of, “a ZR plying somewhere in the north, full of school children, [with] children sitting in the window with their body outside beating up the roof”.

He pointed out that the reckless display had occurred less than a week after the incident in the River bus terminal.

School girl Zakiyah Defreitas suffered a crushed arm when the ZR in which she along with other Springer Memorial School students were travelling, flipped while heading into the Nursery Drive terminal. Some of the other children and additional passengers suffered minor injuries, but Defreitas’ injury was so severe that doctors had to amputate her arm.

Lee acknowledged that the video on social media was not the only recent instance of recklessness by public transport drivers.

“I have seen with my two eyes behaviour patterns of some of the PSVs after this accident that is engaging the public’s attention that need not be.”

He warned that those who were now obeying the rules may be doing so for a short time only.

“You will find some drivers quiet down in the aftermath of this, but after a forth night, a month, then it is this cutthroat thing all over again.”

He suggested that vehicle owners in the industry clean up their image.

“What we could do for starters, given the fact that a young lady almost lost her life . . . I believe that what we should be considering doing at this moment, in the small window of opportunity that we have, is seek to create a fund, dedicated to that lady to be able to finance her after-care”.

Lee said the image of public transport operators was so bad, that should Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler triple their licence fees in tomorrow’s budget presentation, “the public would support it”.

“Right now they are going to use every negative aspect of the business to their advantage. What we have to do is to fight back by using the human element in order to get the public to understand that we are not the monsters that they are making us out to be.”

The Alliance of Owners of Public Transportation President, Roy Raphael, told Barbados TODAY that though Lee’s proposal for a fund was favoured, all owners would have to agree on how it would be implemented.

13 Responses to PSVs need to clean up their act

  1. Patrick Blackman June 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    These guys can meet and discuss all they want. This OUT OF CONTROL INDUSTRY IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO SOCIETY AND SHOULD BE SHUTDOWN. Too many ignorant people just doing crazy stuff. They need to go .

  2. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires June 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    When will be the next meeting?… Inbox me

  3. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair June 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Quit flapping about and do something about it. “TALK is CHEAP”.

  4. allison archer June 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    those psv also minibuses only need a strong arm, there is no need to take them off the road, where transport board cannot meet the routes I tell you a psv is greatly appreciated. give the fellows a flat rate, take the music out and let one rule to instill discipline without hypocrisy, they only need strong leaders to educate them that’s all
    remember the body could only be as good as its head

  5. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

    How much longer will you all be saying the same thing over and over . “PSV’s need to clean up their act” .
    Please,……. DO SOMETHING.

  6. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2015 at 7:04 am

    The PSV culture plus the filthy music mashing-up sweet BIM . It breeds DRUGS, GUNS, MONEY and plenty of babies .

  7. Patrick Blackman June 15, 2015 at 8:24 am

    We need to boycott these fools for a day and let them see we have to power to deal with their crap since government refuses to deal with them.

  8. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Patrick, …age 13 to 25 will still ride at will . That is the age group that follow garbage . ……. Most of them .

  9. Angela Maynard June 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Make it illegal for the children to ride these vehicles

  10. jrsmith June 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    My take on this matter, blame our politicians, the owners of these vehicles, the police, the insures of these vehicles, all the transport associations, the lawless drivers and the bad behave youngster.
    Accident after accident , impose on the travelling bajan public ,by these privately own vehicles and the government vehicles as well , just bring out the talk, talk brigade, after 10 days its all gone ,back to normal.
    What I want to see bajans, getting together ,forming an association to support the travelling public who are injured while travelling on any legal transport vehicle in Barbados, to seek damages through the court .
    We are a democracy , bajans stop depending on the wrong people to do anything for us. they all have they ulterior motives , wake up smell the coffee, lets stop our people from this every hurt.

  11. Patrick Blackman June 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    @jrsmith Hail: The problem is that we have the attention span of a fruit fly. Notice that we have not heard from the insurance industry on this issue. The insurance industry can bring this mess to an end by just refusing to insure these PSVs who continue to break the law and endanger the lives of bajans.

    If you have a driver with 3 or more convictions for traffic offences, he/she can no longer drive your vehicle ( no coverage for the vehicle), as simple as that. Just that one action alone would take at least half these crazies off the roads. Pay the drivers a flat wage per week and that would take care of another third of them.

    The only real solution to this mess (unfortunately) is when a tourist comes here an DIES on one of the PSV and the negative publicity impacts tourism, then we will have all manner of people coming out against this crap.

    Already we have forgotten about that accident, scan the newpapers, blogs etc., the story has evaporated. At the end of the day its all about making money. Government getting its revenue, owners and driver all making money, thus the madness will continue.

  12. seagul June 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    These Port Charles yachts flowing in guns and A class drugs and we caught up with two bit survivors. The Swiss knows all on the wash money banks….

  13. jrsmith June 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    @, Patrick,B, Hail,brother nail on the head, anyone of these groups could have start some dialogue, to stop the madness, but nobody is worried, is it, because , bajans don’t care, for they fellowman. Who are they waiting on and for what.


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