18 hurt in crash

PSV owners react to latest ZR and minibus collision

Disturbed by a skyrocketing number of police reports of public service vehicle drivers, PSV owners are planning to meet shortly with Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith to try to work out a ticketing system.

The announcement today from the Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport, Roy Raphael, came against the backdrop of another mass casualty accident earlier today in Maxwell, Christ Church, involving a PSV and a minibus.

This passenger had to be placed on a stretcher before being lifted into an ambulance.
This passenger had to be placed on a stretcher before being lifted into an ambulance.

While Raphael does not think the number of serious accidents involving ZRs and minibuses has reached a worrying level, he is, however, unhappy that too many drivers, particularly younger ones, were being prosecuted.

He told Barbados TODAY this evening that most accidents were minor and he was more concerned that one person could chalk up as many as 200 to 300 reports per year, mainly for going off route, overloading or stopping at places other than bus stops.

Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport, Roy Raphael
Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport, Roy Raphael

“We are going to be meeting shortly with the Commissioner of Police to see how best we can look at a ticketing system, where the guys can actually be ticketed, rather than [having to] go to court,” said Raphael.

“All we would like to see is more older drivers coming to drive the vehicles. We are having too many younger persons showing interest in driving public service vehicles . . . and that has been a concern for the Ministry [of Transport and Works] that they intend to go to Parliament and raise the age limit to 25 years and over.”

The head of the PSVs owners association noted that the rate of serious accidents would be more of a concern to the insurance companies.

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RPBF) is, meanwhile, satisfied with the response of emergency services to this morning’s mass casualty in which at least 18 persons were injured as a result of a collision between a ZR van and a minibus around 7:50 a.m.

Speaking to the media at the scene in Maxwell, Christ Church, Assistant Superintendent John Maxwell, who is attached to the Oistins-headquartered Southern Division, said the various agencies responded in a timely manner and effectively attended to the accident.

The injuries were not reported to be life threatening but five persons had to be transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance. Those who received serious injuries, including children, complained of pains to the neck, chest, abdomen and other areas of the upper body.

These children were in safe hands with this ambulance technician amidst the chaos.
These children were in safe hands with this ambulance technician amidst the chaos.

Other passengers, who complained of mostly pain and shoulder injuries, received attention at the scene where the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) set up a temporary treatment tent.

ASP Maxwell confirmed that five children under the age of 10 were among the passengers. Barbados TODAY understands from sources that a two-year-old boy hit his face to a metal bar during the collision.

The minibus, owned by McCarty Rentals, was driven by 50-year-old Eustace O’Neil Morris of Welchman Hall, St Thomas. The ZR, owned by MAH Transport Service, was driven by William Gamble of Sayers Court, Christ Church.

“We had a team of four doctors led by Dr David Byer from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. There were several ambulances; five from QEH and two from BDF. The Barbados Fire Service and Roving Response team also responded,” ASP Maxwell said.

“In addition, we had a number of police officers who sought to protect the scene of the accident which was classified as a mass casualty situation given the number of persons who were injured.”

ASP Maxwell stressed that the children were given special attention and made to feel as comfortable as possible.

“We had the head of the Community Officers Section from Oistins Police Station and she has been specifically trained to deal with kids. Therefore she responded to lend that assistance to those children,” he said.

The road, which was closed to traffic while investigations were taking place, reopened around 11 a.m. 

Source: (AH/EJ)

3 Responses to 18 hurt in crash

  1. jr smith May 7, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Passengers getting injured on these vehicle should sue the owners of the vehicles. Laws need to be put in place to control these vehicle drivers. The insurance companies are to be blame .
    Insurance companies, should , add to the policies an access fee of $2000.00 for cars and $2500.00 for PSV units and others. the speed on these vehicles should be govern to 30 MPH.
    Over all the government of the day should start deploying speed cameras, and make sure the fines are collected.

  2. MC May 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The whole system need change. I have never seen a “minibus” with L’s on it. You have a situation where you can put B plates on a 14 seater “ZR” and get a licence for a bus. But the person maybe never drive a “minibus” yet.

    There needs to be one set of rules where everyone comes together. And not with old time thinking neither.

  3. Tony Waterman May 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    @jr smith!!!!this situation has been allowed to fester for too long, and has now become an open sore, borderning on gangarene, and we all should know by now when a limb becomes Gangarene what happens, it MUST be cut off.
    first off there must be a SPECIAL Licence gained in order to drive any Vehicle Licenced toTransport Commuters, this chould only be issued to anyone after an intensive Training Course Written, and Practical, and should only be issued in the first instance for One year, after which you must recertify to attain a five year Licence.
    The new system should have a DEMERIT Point system Attached to it, Demerit points start at 0 and are added to your Licence as you accumulate Road Traffic Violations, at 15 points added your Licence is Suspended and must be surrendered to the Ministry of Transportation, the suspension does NOT start until you hand in you Licence.the Demerit points stay on your Licence for 2 years, but is reduced to 7 after the suspension is over.
    BTW!!!! as you should know, most of these guys who operate PSV’s deal only in Cash, and there is absolutely no way that the BRA can tell how much they make, so sueing them could very well be useless, as you can’t get blood out of a stone, unless they own the Unit Outright, the Bank usually have first crack at these things when this occours.

    @MC!!!!!you don’t NEED anymore rules, all you need is ENFORCEMENT of what is already there
    Roy Raphael wants to meet with the COP. for what??? if they do the Crime they must do the time, the COP. should not meet with him, and neither does the COP. have any legal permission to subvert the Motor vehicle & road Traffic act.
    Raphael should instead be asking his Members to adhere to the Road Rules.

    @JRSmith!!!!! i could be wrong, and am subject to correction, but i don’t think that Today’d Computer controlled Fuel Injected GASOLINE engines can be Governed.


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