Private PSV operators off the road

The owners of public service vehicles have pulled their services this morning, ahead of a planned meeting with Minister of Transport Michael Lashley tomorrow.

Their decision was taken at a meeting last evening at the headquarters of the National Union of Public Workers.

Spokesperson of the Joint Committee of the Alliance of Owners of Public Transport and the Association of Public Transport Operators, Ingrid King, said passengers can expect some disruption along the route, but did not disclose how long the action would last.

She told Barbados TODAY that they want to send a clear message to the minister that they are serious about having their concerns addressed., and that the PSV operators are fed up with the “ad hoc manner” in which the ministry has acted towards them.

Among outstanding 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 pick up passengers on the Tudor Street, The City.

Private PSV operators are also requesting representation on the board of the state-run Barbados Transport Authority.

Meanwhile Transport Minister Lashley has said said he was taken back by the action of the PSV operators.

16 Responses to Private PSV operators off the road

  1. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne October 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    guess the country will come to a stop then.. unless the transport board puts on double the amount of buses and with this rain, that’s likely not to happen.. work stoppage island wide.. awesome!!!

  2. Jason
    Jason' UncleBen 'Parris October 10, 2016 at 8:38 am

    The PSV Operators and the Transport Board both need to get their act together .

  3. Alex Alleyne October 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    They should be off the road for good. This mean that there will be some common sense driving out there.
    You rowdy pack, think you can stop the Country . You can use the stoppage time to go take a bath and brush your teeth.

  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte October 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Agree but what are the restraints so we have a clear understanding of what the issues form the PSV are facing?

  5. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler October 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

    When you have an entity taking up some of the slack for one of your services, you should always give them a seat at the table. They might drive fast, never stop when you’re trying to get on or off, play incredibly loud and dirty music, go off route at the drop of a traffic slow down, ignore proper driving techniques, eat, drink beer and talk on cell phones while driving, miss stops and a host of other ills, but despite all of that a service (no matter how bad) is provided.

    • Andrew Simpson
      Andrew Simpson October 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Better safe than sorry. I pray that all public transit operators will be careful in discharging their responsibilities to those they serve.

  6. Rickie Nurse October 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Knowing this kangaroo government, they are going to heed to every demand of the PSV operators. Whether or not some of you choose to believe it, they are covertly in bed with the very ones now that think they can hold this country to ransom.

  7. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Stop getting in them and they will get the message.

  8. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement October 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    exactly Eddy

  9. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement October 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

    the issue now is the PSVs , I have no support for such a bunch of disrespectful, disobedient, unhygienic ppl.

    change they ways.. respect the rules laid down for them, then maybe they might get some unity with the travelling public.

  10. Lennox hewitt October 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    To de owners of de vans dat off de road i wan no drivers n condoctors gine get pay tor today ? How stupid dum is hope dum off all week .

  11. Lennox hewitt October 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Wunna can’t hold de DLP goverment for ransom i mean de van owners look i went out n come back home so wunna n stop me i hope goverment don’t submit to wunna right now wunna can’t win drivers condoctors pay cut do it again tommorow till weekend lol wunna minning he n he got money .

  12. Debera October 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Who these ZR operators think their are ? Their are not even doing a good job some of them,unmannerly & proudly as ever please.

  13. Sarifa Patel October 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    What can be done to keep them off the roads forever. They are a nuisance and a threat to drivers and pedestrians. They are ilk mannered and uncouth and have no respect for the law. Do promise us you”ll stay off forever. No sad loss.

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      If if was near you i would shake you hand, i will not paint all with one brush but ZR driver= Jackass.

  14. miche October 11, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Once again I say,,,Let them Strike,,Let the Government get the public transport system up and running,and get these road nuisances off the road,and put money and good safe commuting back in the lives of this nation


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