Straighten up!

Authorities issue fresh warnings to PSVs

The permits of 20 public service vehicle (PSV) operators have so far been revoked.

And today, the chairman of the Barbados Transport Authority, Abdul Pandor, issued a fresh warning to these operators, who police say represent less than one per cent of vehicles on the island’s roads, but account for more than 50 per cent of all road traffic offences, to get their act together.

In total, there are over 25,000 traffic offences per year.

A tough-talking Pandor, who was flanked by two other representatives of the authority’s board, cautioned that lawless behaviour would not longer be tolerated on the country’s roads.

From left, director Alex Linton, chairman Abdul Pandor and police representative Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss.
From left, director Alex Linton, chairman Abdul Pandor and police representative Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss.

In this regard, he said the authority was looking to put another ten traffic inspectors on the streets in response to a slue of offences, including picking up passengers other than at a bus stop, carrying excess passengers and operating off the authorized route.

While warning the operators not to “take kindness for weakness”, Pandor also said there would be a “strict stance” in making sure PSV operators adhere to the wearing of uniforms.

In fact, he sought to warn uniform violators that they could be hauled before the court system.

Pandor also issued a similar warning to owners whose vehicles are operated by repeat offenders.

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Chairman of the Barbados Transport Authority, Abdul Pandor

“If it means putting them off the road for a few days, suspending the permits for a few days, we intend to be serious about this because we see this as a precursor to getting the whole system in order,” the Transport Authority chairman said.

Pandor also put owners on notice that they would not be allowed to get away with hiring persons with several traffic convictions or those deemed to be reckless drivers.

“Too often everybody going down on the drivers, but we feel the owners must be made to bear a burden. If the drivers behave badly, we are going to suspend the permits from some period as the owner must take some responsibility,” he added.

Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss said pirating was a major problem and he called on members of the public play their part in helping to stamp out this illegal practice of operating unauthorized private vehicles as PSVs.

Alex Linton, who also sits on the board of the Transport Authority, also commented on the problem, saying there has recently been a tremendous reduction in pirating on the Proute Route since several offenders were brought before the disciplinary committee of the authority.

However, he said the incidence of pirate taxis at Grantley Adams International Airport, which had diminished at one point, recently increased.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

9 Responses to Straighten up!

  1. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray March 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

    A quick course on how these ZR drivers behave on the roads would be helpful too – e.g. not stopping in the middle of the road blocking all following traffic, indicating where they are going, and doing something about their exhaust systems. Almost all of them emit a billow or smoke every time they put their foot on the gas!

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  2. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph March 13, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Transport Authority, please look into the operations of PSVs on Highway 1 (Speightstown-Bridgetown). Those drivers routinely impede traffic flow. Driving at 10-20kph. Stopping their vehicles on or over the median line. Their left indicators don’t seem to work.
    Please also put a stop to the loud mufflers on motorcycles. Thank you.

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  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke March 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Glad to hear the 11 route is been taken to task. The conductors are the most undisciplined individuals I have ever had to deal with. Hopeful I won’t have to wait on the Government Bus to South Coast anymore

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  4. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke March 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Glad to hear the 11 route is been taken to task. The conductors are the most undisciplined individuals I have ever had to deal with. Hopeful I won’t have to wait on the Government Bus to South Coast anymore

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  5. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke March 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Glad to hear the 11 route is been taken to task. The conductors are the most undisciplined individuals I have ever had to deal with. Hopeful I won’t have to wait on the Government Bus to South Coast anymore

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  6. Sue Donym March 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

    This approach to punishing an offender by suspending/revoking an owner’s permit is shockingly naive and I believe, unlawful. If a Transport Board driver commits an offence, is Transport Board’s operating privilege suspended/revoked? Oh, wait, apparently Transport board drivers do not commit offences. Interestingly, when Transport Board buses overload, it’s just getting needy commuters home; when they stop other thann at bus stops, it’s okay to praise them on radio for being public spirited. Double standard?
    Question for the Transport Authority: if one of your officers was found to not comply with your rules, would the Transport Authority be shut down?
    Before anyone screams that my thinking encourages lawlessness, just ask whether we are being fair and fearless in enforcing compliance. Seems that the Authorities are asking the owners to do the Authorities’ job! They are the ones who continue to license the drivers/conductors that they complain that the owners hire. Mind you an owner is required to hire someone with the relevant valid permit/badge/licence with no means of checking history of offences. But guess what? The Authorities clearly have the info. Should we not demand that they act on it?

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  7. lester March 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

    well said Mr.Pandor but what about the loud playing of music which is filled with pornographic lyrics laced with the glorification of drugs and violence?

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  8. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes March 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Or stop at a shop to get something.

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  9. Alex3 April 3, 2015 at 8:38 am

    We are just wrapping up our annual month long vacation to Barbados and I must say the PSV drivers for the most part on Highway 1 are not much different than they have been for years. I describe them to rookies as being frustrated Formula 1 drivers.
    Excessive speed, reckless use of the road, passing where it is not appropriate are readily observed each and every day.
    I would also like to comment that the Environment Minister and the BTA get together and implement mechanical inspections and standards on particulate matter coming from the exhausts of PSVs and some BTA buses.
    When a diesel engine spews out heavy black smoke the injection system is over feeding fuel that will not be fully burned and it comes out as soot. This is not healthy for anyone.
    The incentive is that properly calibrated injection pumps will save operators money as fuel economy will improve.

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