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.
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.