PSV spokesman comments on dress code

If the head of the grouping of owners of public service vehicles had his way, inappropriately dressed school children would not be allowed to board minibuses or ZR vans.

In fact, Roy Raphael, the chairman of the Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) has called on members to institute strict dress codes for students.

Raphael spoke in support of Minister of Education Ronald Jones who recently chastised students for wearing their trousers in a manner that exposed the bottoms.

Speaking at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the outspoken Jones instructed leaders of tertiary institutions to impress upon students that they must dress appropriately or “do not come”.

Raphael told Barbados TODAY Jones was right to criticize this mode of dress and said society needed to police its children.

“He has our fullest support,” Raphael said of the minister’s stance, “and what we will be doing is to call on our members to maintain or to ensure that these persons who go into our public service vehicles maintain some level of dress or adhere to the dress code of the school.”

The AOPT head admitted that his position seemed out of sync with the behaviour of some PSV operators and conductors who ignored their own dress code.

However, he said the bigger issue was the direction in which the youth were travelling, saying society must feel obligated to help lead school children in the right direction and away from “the ragamuffin dress code” referred to by Jones.

“I know that I am going to be criticized on it because some people are going to say we ourselves cannot even maintain our own dress codes, how can we correct the children.

“You are talking about school children going to school and learning . . . but yet there are a few persons who have this block culture or what the minister considered as the ragamuffin style of dress, with the intention of being deviant and with no intention of really learning but to distract other students who want to do so,” he said.

Raphael disclosed that some drivers had been ensuring that pupils were wearing their uniforms in the proper manner, and he called on PSVs owners to insist that the operators do the same.

“We ourselves need to continue to work on our dress code because we are seeing a slight decline in the number of persons [following] the dress code. But I believe it has a lot to do with the fact to some persons outside of our membership who are of the view that there is no law or that nobody has been prosecuted or brought before the courts for not wearing the uniform but we continue to encourage our members to wear the uniform,” he contended. (FW)

8 Responses to PSV spokesman comments on dress code

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Some of your driver are inappropriately , have no respect for human life, and the owners still delivers them they vans, get your house in order.

  2. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls February 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    How about inappropriately dressed ZR workers?

  3. jrsmith February 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Good behaviour , set a pattern and is always ahead and behind you. The owners , should be the ones who take responsibility for the persons who work on they vehicles, whats in your gene is there for life, some people you cannot change…

  4. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin February 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

    The blind leading the blind. The ditch is right ahead.

    • Sue Donym February 6, 2016 at 11:30 am


  5. Sue Donym February 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
    I don’t know which is funnier – Raphael’s comment or that he thinks we might take him seriously.

  6. Adrian February 7, 2016 at 7:19 am

    What about the loud music with dirty language along with a DJ screaming, encouraging children to do every manor of sexual acts, also about picking up guns to rob people and smoke and drink alcohol and diss society.
    Do the owners of these vehicles know that nursery children are also on these buses hearing this vulgarity.
    When parents say their kids don’t hear that kind of language at home don’t doubt them, the children hear it on they way to and from school.
    No group of school children should be allowed to be boarding PSVs after 8:30 am they should be already at school.
    Our children are hearing the DJ preaching about murder, rape, guns, drugs and alcohol as the first lesson after leaving the house and the last lesson after leaving school that it is normal.
    Dear PSV owners what do you have to say?

  7. Outside looking in February 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I agree with the discussion in regards to the dress code but that’s a small issue in comparison with the operating of these ZR vehicle driver’s that is what really need to be addressed ,save some lives protect the riding public


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