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PSV operators to hold talks

Operators and owners of privately-run public service vehicles (PSVs) will meet at the headquarters of the National Union of Public Workers on Sunday at 5 p.m. ahead of talks next week with Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley at his Pine, St Michael office.

The PSV stakeholders, including some taxi drivers, will be updated by the representative association on the state of negotiations with Government and decide on the way forward.

Meanwhile, Lashley is due to meet with key stakeholders in the PSV sector on Tuesday in a bid to resolve a number of outstanding concerns.

The meeting was initially scheduled for last Tuesday. However, Chairman of the Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY the PSV leadership had requested more time so that their legal advisors could be in attendance.

Michael Lashley & Roy Raphael

Michael Lashley & Roy Raphael

Among the unresolved issues, are duty free concessions for the importation of new buses as well as a request for outbound buses to use Baxters Road and for inbound vehicles to be allowed to pickup passengers at the bus stop on Tudor Street, The City. Private PSV operators also want representation on the board the state-run Barbados Transport Authority.

The operators and owners also want state-owned Transport Authority to set up a route committee to address the congestion on some routes, the lack of buses on others and having a fairer allocation of buses on the existing newer routes.

However, given the current economic challenges facing the country, Raphael said they would not be pressing their demand for an increase in bus fares, even though they believe it is still necessary.

4 Responses to PSV operators to hold talks

  1. jrsmith October 8, 2016 at 6:01 am

    All you people are doing is holding talks this will gone on for 5 more years , let the bajan public see what is the issues which cannot be settled , I have my own take on this the bad behaviour by the (PSV) owners and operators they all think they can do what they like , because the vehicle belongs to certain part of the them and us society in Barbados…

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  2. Alex Alleyne October 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

    PSV issues , GUN VIOLENCE will be with us and will be discuss until the cows come home.

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  3. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Nice to see Mr Lashley well dressed and not looking like a wide boy.

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  4. Alex Alleyne October 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I was thinking the same about the “wild boy” thing, but it was directed at the PSV person who is dress like a perfect example of the fellers he represent.

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