PSV owners hopeful of return to Baxter’s Road

The owners of privately run public service vehicles (PSVs) are optimistic that they will be back on Baxter’s Road in a few days.

The Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) and the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) met for three-and-a-half hours this afternoon with a Government-appointed committee comprising officials of the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Licensing Authority, the Transport Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Works to discuss the vexing issue of a ban on the privately-owned PSVs’ use of Baxter’s Road as a way out of The City.

The owners had complained that they were being placed at a disadvantage since Government-owned buses were not subjected to the same sanction.

They also want rescinded an order that bars them from picking up passengers at the bus stop on Tudor Street, The City.

Spokesman for the owners Ingrid King told Barbados TODAY that recommendations had been made to the committee, which would be forwarded to Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley.

King would not reveal details of the proposals “until they have gone through the process”, but she said the PSV owners were hopeful that Lashley would rescind the ban.

“We are extremely hopeful that we will have the resolution by the end of the week. We are hoping that it will come out in our favour as regards our proposals that we put regarding the return of the units back to Baxter’s Road and the facilitation where bus stops would assist the change in working smoothly,” King said.

She said she was also expecting to hear from Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith shortly with respect to the recommendations.


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