Illegal move

Private PSV operators not on board with tour bus proposal

A proposal by the Freundel Stuart administration to hire tour coaches to assist the state-run Transport Board in transporting passengers during peak periods has been branded as illegal.

Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY this morning Government could not effect such a move without first changing the Road Traffic Regulations.

Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley has announced that the plan was to be implemented before the end of the Christmas season and was likely to run into the middle of next year.

The plan is based on a draft framework, which Lashley said was already completed and would allow minibuses and tour coaches to go into the bus terminals during peak times and transport passengers on 14 routes.

However, Raphael said his organization was currently seeking legal advice on the matter.

“In my personal view  . . . it is illegal,” he told Barbados TODAY, while suggesting that Government would need to have parliamentary approval before its proposal could be implemented.

However, with the House of Assembly currently in recess until next year, Raphael suggested that the island’s transport authorities should really meet with his organization to discuss suitable remedies to the problems facing the transport sector.

In recent weeks, angry commuters have been complaining about lengthy waits, with the state run Transport Board said to be facing an acute shortage of buses that was affecting its ability to meet heavy commuter demands, especially during peak periods.

“As you recognize, some of our routes, particularly Silver Sands and Silver Hill in Christ Church, and Wanstead, we have a number of buses on those roads that I believe we can assist in moving those persons during the peak time. That is the solution,” Raphael said ahead of a meeting this evening of the private operators of public service vehicles and their attorney.

Following tonight’s meeting at the headquarters of the National Union of Public Workers, the PSV Joint Committee will issue a statement on the matter, as well as proposals for a fare hike.

12 Responses to Illegal move

  1. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 20, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Let them go ahead, soon you all would hear the tour operators crying out at the conditions of the interiors of the buses …

  2. Rhonda Parris
    Rhonda Parris December 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Mr Lashley is a lawyer think he don’t know that (sunset legislation)

  3. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 20, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Only the government would pay someone to do something they would do for free or even pay to do. Charge them $5 to enter the bus Stan.

  4. Frank White December 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Here we go again, minister Lashley at it again, rolling out another white program… he never seems to surprise me, always finding a way to put money in the Caucasian, so called white people’s, pockets… Citizens sleeping so keep doing what you all doing.

  5. Peter December 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Note your words as reported in paragraph 6 of this report and I quote…”I n my personal view…” Mr. Raphael, You are no legal luminary. Minister Lashley is perfectly correct in that move. The Transport Board is a registered statutory entity and they can sub-contract another private entity to work for them as an enterprise company which is really a profit center which they manage. This is a smart, shrewd, and clever move. Absolutely nothing illegal about this. This practice is highly active in London, Italy, USA, Republic of Ireland , Australia and several countries around the world. Let the Transport Board make a profit for a change. I hope the Min. of Tourism, through the BTA, and the Barbados Port Authority will agree and endorse this move. The private entities need to up their ante and perhaps offer complimentary drinks and light eats to their patrons. Of course they have to present a disclaimer of not responsible for choking, vomiting, upset stomach and motion sickness caused by consumption of items served on board.

  6. 3rdsun December 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Some routes oversaturated with private buses and the Gov’ment buses still operate on them with sparse travelers. But they won’t send a bus where people need it.

  7. Ossie Moore December 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Lord mek peace ! Not even on a transportation situation during the Yule Tide season can these people get together to help one annuda! We had better times in de cane piece!

  8. jrsmith December 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    In London private transport is used in emergency cases, not because they are not capable of managing a transport system…

    What happen to our buses ……
    How many buses the barbados transport board have in fleet…
    How many is working …
    Why cant a high quota of buses be usable….
    What is really the problem……………………………………
    This just prove how mickey mouse our barbados government is…tin pot…….

  9. Tony Waterman December 20, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    There is a SIMPLE Solution to all this NONSENSE.

    Set up a Standard for what types and sizes of Busses are required to be part of the Barebados Transportation System.

    Then Let PRIVATE Companies BID for the Right to Operate on DESIGNATED Routes, (As it was Originally)

    The Transport Board would first have to be Sold (With it’s Debt) to a Private Company, who will then have to be part of the Bidding Process.

  10. BaJan boy December 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Wonder what he own now that would necessitate this move just to put big money in he and the white people pockets. The ones who wanted to pivatize water and garbage that own the garbage truck and the water tanker like they had a discussion with him. Everything is a money making affair…


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