Transport partnership

PSVs invited to operate with buses at Fairchild Street

Route taxis and mini buses could soon be operating from the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal – at least on an experimental basis.

The leaders of the Association of Public Transport Operators Inc (APTO) and the newly-formed Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) have agreed, in principle, with the Ministry of Transport and Works, the Transport Authority and the Transport Board to ply their business from the Fairchild Street terminal.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley told a Press conference this afternoon that Government had invited the PSVs to help adequately and efficiently service the public.

He said that following a fruitful and productive meeting with the stakeholders at his Pine, St Michael office, a preliminary proposal had been put on the table by the two private bodies, aimed at improving the standards of public transport in Barbados.

Minister of Transport Michael Lashley
Minister of Transport Michael Lashley

“I believe that their [PSVs] submissions were of a very high level and those submissions we will take to heart, and what we have decided is that within two weeks we will meet again with the PSVs and they will bring forward some more proposals and suggestions,” Lashley said.

Three routes have already selected for a six-month pilot project.

“We would have to make sure there is some transparency in selecting those persons who would be interested in participating . . . . Of course we would have to go to Cabinet and [after] we would launch the project,” the Minister said.

Lashley said those PSVs which agreed to operate from the Transport Board terminal would be regulated by the Transport Authority.

Without going into many details, he stressed that the initiative would entail new business standards, training and uniforms.

Interim chairman of the APTO Morris Lee said his organization was fully behind any move to improve the standards and efficiency of public transportation.

“I believe that the aspect of common ground still remains, in that our interest is no different from the interest of the central Government . . . . We want transport to be state-of-the art, we want transport to be efficient and we want transport to be economically viable for the players that are involved within the system,” Lee pointed out.

“Obviously, to see any project come to finality, first and foremost you would have a pilot project, or a number of pilot projects, but we are here in full demonstration of our willingness with the Minister, the Ministry and the Transport Authority to achieve those objectives.”

Lee explained that once the preliminary discussions were completed, the Transport Authority would prepare a proposal for publication in the media, inviting expressions of interests.

“The Transport Board and the private sector . . . would submit their proposals as it relates to the expressions of interests. Once that expression of interest is received and examined, perused and consideration is given to it, at that point, then the pilot project will get off the ground,” he explained.

Chairman of the AOPT Roy Raphael said he would be meeting shortly with his committee to examine the proposal document and he was looking forward to the next discussions with the Ministry.

Director of Transport with the Authority Alex Linton made it clear that while the partnership plan was ongoing, his agency would be keeping a close eye on proceedings as well as the conduct of both public and private sector transport operators.

18 Responses to Transport partnership

  1. Twinklesz Sweetz
    Twinklesz Sweetz January 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

    This is going to be kaos cause them minibus men feel them ignorant and fairchild street bus stand can’t hold them along with big long buses Lashley needs to study what he really doing

  2. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch January 13, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Oh dear I could imagine a bus like ZR158 with it,s rude conductor and loud music in that bus terminal.Wow.

  3. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves January 13, 2015 at 7:08 am

    well well well fair-child street van stand is trouble already i could only imagine

  4. Sonja N Lynton
    Sonja N Lynton January 13, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Ran out of ideas, just grabbing and anything to pretend something is getting done or for some airplay

    • Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite
      Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite January 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

      This Government never had any sensible ideas to begin with. A bunch of jokers without an Ace in the pack.

  5. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte January 13, 2015 at 7:14 am


  6. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid January 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Let’s all wait and see the outcome before we speak please

  7. Karie N Bryan
    Karie N Bryan January 13, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Morris lee is a fraud he need to stop starting local companies and hiring people and when it’s time to pay he pulling a disappearing act

  8. Twinklesz Sweetz
    Twinklesz Sweetz January 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Outcome is not going to be good and we all now tht. Just 3 weeks ago in princess alice a bus heading out to its destination was hit by a zr trying to cut out other zr so the outcome is going to be kaos….we all know ya can’t tell d driver and conductors of minivans and zrs nothing

  9. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson January 13, 2015 at 7:57 am

    of course this was going to happen. them want the van stand property to sell. you think that all that work in church village and the wharf is for nutting, that is why they never spend a cent on the van stand keep it under develop the van men gin move fast without thinking. They should use this as a bargaining tool and get something they want. the government want this land bad…. I just hope in the end they make the damn system thing more convenient for ever one.

  10. Carl Harper January 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Was this all a carefully orchestrated ploy to bring Transport Board “to its knees” and allow these PSVs to operate from the bus terminal to compete with public buses so that few could benefit financially? Who are the real owners behind the scene of these private vehicles?

    Let Minister Lashley tell the public why the Transport Board will not implement the weekly and monthly prepaid bus pass system that would improve the Board’s cash flow and return it to financial viability.

    The technology is already available. Barbados did a similar thing years ago with weekly bus passes for school children under an antiquated system.

    A similar situation is developing at the Sanitation Service Authority, where garbage is allowed to pile-up all across Barbados and private trucks are sent in to do the pickup. Who are owners of these trucks and how much are they being paid?

    These are the things Barbadians must keep a close eye on.

  11. Tony Webster January 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Will the Honourable Minister, please ensure that the two named “associations” are in fact legally-constituted “persons” under the law, thus affording them the ability to enter into valid contracts with goverment, or the transport board, or any other party, and to sue in court…or to be sued. Please Sir, dot ALL wunna “eyes”, and cross wunna “tees”. As given, they are mere straws … And the travelling public knoweth not if they together represent 100% of the PSV sector, or 90% or 9%. Far less, if they hold any assets that might need to be “acessed” by any person discomfited or seeking redress under the law.

  12. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series January 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Take a good look at Lashley!

  13. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite January 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Its a good idea. Just needs some common ground to be a success.

  14. Twinklesz Sweetz
    Twinklesz Sweetz January 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Don’t see it a good idea period…..bus drivers and d minibus operators aint gine cause d minibus men always picking at d bus drivers and I know this for a fact

  15. Auntie Fay
    Auntie Fay January 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Mr Lashley, what happen to the uniform that was issue for the PSV workers last year. Most of the PSV workers no longer wear the uniform.

  16. Common Sense is NOT so common! January 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Are you for real? They can not possibly be thinking of putting that unruly bunch on the transportation mainstream. Has anyone had a ride in one of those ZR vans lately? Worse than a race in Bushy Park. It’s all about the almighty dollar. I see total madness at Fairchild Street. Common sense must prevail, but then again it’s not so common these days


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