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Wrong turn

PSV operators issue another loaded threat

The umbrella organization, which represents owners of privately-run public service vehicles, Tuesday called on Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley to urgently intervene to avert possible protests by operators.

This follows an incident, which reportedly occurred in the River Van Terminal on Tuesday.

While warning that it was the final straw, Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael reported that police were called in and that three drivers, who were “legitimately” parked in the terminal, were ordered by transport inspectors to leave the area.

Roy Raphael

Roy Raphael

Raphael said even though the operators, who ply the Sugar Hill, St Joseph route, had previously received permission in writing from the Ministry to use the parking area, they were all kicked out of the area and sent to the headquarters of the Barbados Licensing Authority in the Pine, St Michael to undergo re-inspection after they failed to supply the necessary proof.

“I’m asking the Ministry to investigate the matter as soon as possible,” an angry Raphael said.

He complained that while the operators have been doing all within their power to clean up their act, they have received little cooperation from the authorities.

“We are trying to get our act together and we would like the cooperation of all sectors. We have seen an increase in good behaviour by the PSVs. We are getting less complaints from the public although there is still some work to be done, we are meeting with our members from time to time to encourage them to wear their uniforms . . . and I’m saying that over the last six months, although the Minister of Transport would have set up a special committee . . .  so that we can have a direct ear to the Minister and his team, we have met once,” Raphael told Barbados TODAY.

He said, so frustrated were the operators that his organization recently advised them during a meeting that it was time to pull their vehicles off the road.

“We were told again we need to work with the Minister to avoid disruption in public transport. We agreed in principle we were going to wait and meet with the Minister. We have since contacted the Deputy Permanent Secretary [in the Ministry of Transport & Works] and asked him to convene a meeting which we are awaiting for him to have a discussion,” the PSV spokesman said.

He also warned that time was about to run out for settlement of a number of outstanding matters, including a proposed increase in bus fares and duty free concessions for operators.

“I believe the time has come for us to take industrial action, but again, industrial action is not my call, it is a joint committee effort. We would again, like to avert any industrial action or protest action that would come out of the fact that there is no meeting set during the last six months by the Ministry or the Minister of Transport and Works.

“So I am therefore calling on the Minister to use his good offices to allow the meeting to be held or convened by the Deputy Permanent Secretary so we can have the issues like the one yesterday with the transport inspectors [settled] . . . .

“We see it as total harassment. And I believe the time may have to come to generally look at some kind of industrial action and protest action,” Raphael warned.

5 Responses to Wrong turn

  1. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce September 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Hope u able to deal with the repercussions

  2. Lennox hewitt September 15, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I don’t no who rong but i figure if there have no proof dum will make them leave the stand but alot still do foolishness mych n change habits , still off routes still cursing music o drinking alcohol still dragging taking hours to get town n midday well long to get town etc.

  3. Phil September 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I find it somewhat strangely coincidental that all three these drivers ply the St. Joseph route. However, I think the Department responsible for PSV’s , The police and the AOPT have issues they need to meet and iron out. From what I have seen and heard and experienced as the driver of a vehicle on the road, There needs to be some stringent things put in place to curb and control the unacceptable behavior done by mostly the drivers and conductors employed to operate the service. I think that undercover inspectors ride these vehicles and record the behavior and actions of these drivers. Actions such as the consumption of food and alcoholic beverages whilst operating the service, Stopping or rather not stopping at the designated bus stops to let off and pick up passengers, rain or no rain old or no old, pregnant or handicap. THE LAW IS THE LAW. Rude, abusive, discourteous behavior towards both passengers and other road users, vehicular and otherwise, using other routes other than which their designated routes, correct speeds, smoking. Driving checks , state of the vehicle, how clean especially inside, dress code of driver and conductor, handling of the vehicles Government really need to look at the operating expenses of these vehicles and assist in areas like duty free and tax deductions on spare parts, tyres, and other areas.where these people can save a dollar and not force them to behave reckless on the roads.

  4. jrsmith September 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Mr, Raphael I am not taking sides in this matter but the gentlemen was sent to be re-inspected, when they couldn’t supply the necessary proof and you are then going to ask a bunch of time waster to investigate, you should be scolding these persons..

    • miche September 17, 2016 at 2:19 am

      You eva hear bout somebody pickin uh fight,,dat is wuh deze people from de PSV’s duh do. duh lookin fuh reasun fuh strike,,so as fuh bring up wuh duh really want fuh talk bout,,,dat tree dalluh ting duh askin bout…..But let dum keep on pressin,,,duh gun press duh self strait outta de public transport systum….an what a great day dat gun be


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