Double whammy

BRSA insists taxpaying motorists should not pay for pothole damage

The local organization advocating for safe road use and conditions is taking its fight against potholes up a gear.

The Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) has launched a new website aimed at helping motorist affected by the potholes to seek compensation.

BRSA President Roland-Bowen is insisting it is wrong for taxpaying road users to also have to pay for damage to their vehicles from the craters in the roads.

She is pushing affected drivers to seek compensation from the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW).   

“We want all persons that their vehicles are damaged to claim. It is not right for you to be using the road you having to pay tax for and then having to turn around and fix your vehicle for a problem that could be avoided or should not have been there in the first place. It is not right. This is a double whammy. So send in your claims,” Roland-Bowen insisted.

She contended that those who refuse to demand compensation from MTW were contributing to the poor state of the country’s roads through their complacency, reasoning that “if they had sent in their claims MTW would be paying out so much money” that that it would be forced to maintain the roads.

The road safety advocate appealed to motorists to visit the new website where they can record the location, time and date of the incident; estimates from at least two mechanics; pictures of the pothole and the damage to the vehicle.

Advising motorists to keep a record of all the information, Roland-Bowen said the information gathered would be submitted to MTW.

The BRSA, which last week began erecting brightly coloured flags along sections of the roads in several communities to alert motorists of upcoming potholes, has defied an order by MTW to remove the flags.

Roland-Bowen said she was told that the move was “in contravention of a subsection law and the flags posed a hazard”.

Confident the public was behind the initiative, Roland-Bowen said while the association would not erect any more flags, it would not take down any of the nine already planted.

“If the authorities want the flags moved they are going to have to do it themselves because if we move it, it means that we have now become a part of the problem and not the solution,” she said.

“We don’t mind moving the flags but they should have the same type or a better type of warning in advance.”

Roland-Bowen said she was now even more concerned that the safety of individuals was in danger, especially along roads that were not adequately lit.

“If you are in the country and you get a flat you can’t stop there; especially females, they are more vulnerable . . . you are at the mercy of the unknown. Is that right?

“But if you saw this flag you would know that a pothole is coming up on your side of the road to be careful and drive and look for it, you know, slow down,” she added.

17 Responses to Double whammy

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine January 10, 2017 at 1:14 am

    You go girl. This is one time I am going to advocate that you take a stance against a law that has no justification for the action you are doing to warn motorist. The law is being executed against you unjustly. The MTW is not telling drivers of motor vehicles to be cautious when driving along roads that pose a danger due to potholes. It is their responsibility to warn motorist, not yours. I believe people would claim, but they know how unfair the system is that exist in Barbados, and how long you would have to wait before their application undergoes due process. Barbados is just one bundle of messed up stratified shyte. Who the dog likes he licks; who he does not like kicks.

  2. Tony Webster January 10, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Hats off to a courageous citizen who does more than talk and wring hands…and instead… actually DOES something!!

    Hmmm…the onliest thing is that, paradoxically, it is OTHER vehicle-owners who DO manage to avoid “pot-hole-damage-syndrome”…whose taxes will be used to compensate the unwary/unlucky owners…Lord…why yuh does laugh at us…nuh?

    Effin you think about it for a moment…the real culprits…are those voters…(you and me) who now regeret bitterly having placed incompetent, capricious, irresponsible and un-caring “drivers” in charge of this bus called Beautiful Barbados. Verily?

  3. Alex Alleyne January 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Where where you guys when the Country had it’s water woes ??????. Many of us said “don’t pay” BWA but got no support from the top brass out there.

  4. Alex Alleyne January 10, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I knew that some action would have been taken about the pot-holes. Why, because Donville Innis drop in one knee-deep and mash-up his car.

  5. Carson C. Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Pot hole repair started since Nov. 2016.

    Just saying!!!

  6. Carson C. Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

    She really wants to be noticed.

  7. Peter January 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Are the many taxes and duties paid to keep unemployment low? First we pay over 250% duty, then annually, we pay road taxes, vehicle insurance plus VAT, drivers’ license fees gasoline and oil which includes a government tax, Then taxed prices on replacement parts from maintenance and wear and tear- Tires, Batteries. Then to demand that road users pay the cost of fixing the roads is unbearable. The notices by the BRSA is simply to warn motorists of pending or possible danger and possible vehicle or property damage ahead. Well, it also exposes the short comings and lack of care by the MTW and the government by extension. To raise money, why doesn’t MTW or government institute metered parking in certain designated areas around the island? At 50 cents per half hour, meters can facilitate up to 10 hours of paid parking per vehicle. This is a major money earner in many developed countries. the choice is the drivers and no one complains. Instead of pointing fingers and accusations, do something positive where everyone will benefit. It’s called PROGRESS.

  8. Jennifer January 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

    @CCC – don’t be crab in barrel now.

  9. Zeus January 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

    MTW compensating vehicle owners for damages to their vehicles is nothing new ….I was compensated about five years ago ……what is not surprising is that those of you who here rooting for her ain’t going on the road and assist her with the putting up of flags …..I read one blogger they backing her for breaking the law whoever you are go and assist her in doing it ….she got nuff flags to put up please if you backing her so much she needs assistance

  10. Carson C. Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is another example where the Bajan news media is failing the Bajan public. They will not print this.


    What she is doing is illegal. Only the Chief Technical Officer has the legal right to install flags or anything on our roadways.

    The Royal Barbados Police Force and/or the Chief Technical need to warn her about her illegal activity. If she persists then she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    I certainly hope that she is not getting away with breaking the Law simply because she is married to a Policeman.

  11. Harry January 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    CCC she want noticing ? you should know as that comment pertains to you in particular

  12. Aneta January 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Carson you should stop commenting. All u do is bad mouth people. I can’t remember a positive comments from you. Am I hearing trump in our local sphere? Who cares if Mrs. Roland-Bowen is married to. She is doing what I believe you are too frighten to do. Move on. Kudos to her. Bring the ignorance of this government to the fore

    • Carson C. Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      The fact that she is breaking the Law does not bother you?

  13. Guy Smiley January 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Is she married to a policeman or was she?

    I commend her for taking the initiative.

    • Carson C Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      “I commend her for taking the initiative.”

      what initiative? Breaking the Law?

      So have we now degenerated to the level of celebrating Law breakers?

  14. The truth January 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Carson you is a Dlp yardfowl , find some thing to do , drive through St.Michael Central and see what want doing and don’t wait to 20018 cause i waiting you all the sweet talk last time but I waiting

  15. Mikey January 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    People,,,, forget CCC – another “cellar duck” and “pork-barrel diner” who believes that the Party is bigger than the Country and its Citizens . Protecting motorists and pedestrians from losing their lives is a criminal offence, like buying and selling votes, giving friends and family contracts with kick-backs and money in the back pocket.


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