Transport overhaul still coming – Lashley

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley says Government is proceeding with its promised overhaul of the public transportation system.

And if all goes according to plan, the comprehensive changes should be laid in the House of Assembly in another three months.

“Hopefully in June we should be bringing the road traffic amendments to this Parliament,” Lashley said Wednesday during debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

The minister pointed out that as a result of the legislative changes, which affect both the Transport Authority Act and the Road Traffic Act, Government’s transport inspectors, working in tandem with the Royal Barbados Police Force, would have more power of enforcement.

Provision is also made for the introduction of an electronic vehicle registration system, which would require manufacturers of licence plates to register with the Barbados Licensing Authority.

Lashley said this should redound not only to better monitoring and inspection of road users, but also improved tax collection.

“That programme is on its way, of course it has gone to the special tenders committee and we are waiting until that is completed, so that we have an efficient collection of road taxes through the use of technology and through the impending road traffic amendment,” Lashley said.

Going forward, it will also be an offence to park in spaces reserved for the disabled, he also reminded.

And on the heels of concerns raised Wednesday Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson about the unreliable service provided by the state-run Transport Board, Lashley said the problem was one of a shortage of buses.

He explained that buses were last purchased for the Transport Board in 2006 and given that its aging fleet dates back to 1996, challenges have also arisen in terms of sourcing parts.

Source: (MM)

13 Responses to Transport overhaul still coming – Lashley

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 16, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Too much under hand business.The transport Board need to fixed their own busses them self. Haired your own mechanic and stop using out side company to fixed these busses. How could I trust a company to fixed the government busses. How do I know if they charging the right price to fixed these busses. Government need to look into all these things. Companies all ways over charge government. You will never want to privatised the transport Board. Too much SWEETS. Time for the government to stop all these leakage of taxpayers money. That is just my opinion.

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    • jennifer March 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

      @ANGUS – so what is the sweets? And would u give away your sweets???? I know I wouldn’t, especially with my sweet tooth. Hahahahaha

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  2. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith March 16, 2017 at 6:16 am

    The goverment gives away the taxpayers money to these companies who double charge them for nothing the buses still not working so heee need to check his ministry useless ppl out the door they need to go

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  3. Frank White March 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

    The first overhauling that should happen is you minister Lashley, you need to go… You have proven not to make decisions that benefits the black community… You always put the white community first in giving them the tax payers money where they double and triple charge… You haven’t brought any plausible ideas to the public where us, the black community, can say ,yes, this is of benefit to us… To many ammmmmmmm… You have failed as a minister… Maybe Carson codogan in the third person could give you some good ideas…

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    • jennifer March 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

      @Frank w – I agree with you. This black in back thing is at a pandemic stage. With the 95 % clearly in plantation mode and kindling it. Look at the PSV article. The thing is we got a lot of phenomena going on. You got the recessive controlling the dominant. The little head controlling the big head. So everything upside down and want straightening.

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  4. Sue Donym March 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    No doubt the references to poorly lit and poorly maintained roads, though true, will be perceived as having political overtones. Why though, should it take Facebook and local press campaigns to push government into action on road repairs/maintenance?

    There is an alarming rise in the incidence of people ‘running’ red lights – either that or a lot of traffic lights are not functioning correctly, allowing drivers to be given a green while another side is still going on their green!

    How does this mention of fatalities in other countries creep into the discussion without context? Are we speaking of percentages of actual accidents; are we aware of the number of vehicles; comparing similar road conditions, reports on vehicle conditions, size and speed limits on roads – or any meaningful comparison?

    Can anyone recall any “town hall” meetings on the proposed amendments or are we sticking with the time-honoured process of waiting until it’s enacted to discover the problems, ambiguities and inability to enforce because of conflict or technicality? Oh well, so long as we have more officers to stand in their spiffy uniforms and demonstrate how they can tailback traffic by stopping PSVs in the middle of the road, who cares how many others are uninsured, unlicensed rolling on bald tyres with roaring mufflers spewing eye burning, asthma-inducing black smoke?

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    • Sue Donym March 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Sorry, this was meant as a reply to the article titled “Dead wrong, Prescod”

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  5. Donild Trimp March 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    “Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley says Government is proceeding with its promised overhaul of the public transportation system”.

    Excellent move Mr.Minister. Keep up the good work.

    I would go a little further and PRIVATIZE the Transport Board.

    The dead weight must go.

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  6. Vonda March 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Any person that depends on public transportation would know that it does not work night nor day. It has even gotten worse under Mr Lashley . A schedule for buses are now a thing of the pass. It is now when ever you see one.

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  7. Tony Webster March 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    The Government of Grenada, has NIL ownership in buses/ mini-buses….yet the PSV sector delivers excellent, on-time service to citizens, across the length and breadth of their country. Government do run the mini-bus terminus in St. Georges, using a simple, highly -effective ONE-LANE system of drop-off and re-loading passengers. This employs ONE policeman at the drop-off, and ONE policemen at the re-loading point. Check out Grenda Sir….they bin there, and done that, years long ago.

    Mind you, there would be no contracts to be awarded,; repair-contracts; Tyres-contracts; ; insurance contracts; new bus contracts; trips to Brazil to check out the “right” buses etc .

    Their road-network…is also in excellent condition. Hmmmm?

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  8. OBSERVER March 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Mr Lashley I hope fixing those pot holes and raggerdy streets are one of the items on top of your list

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  9. Kevin March 16, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Get some minibuses for the TB. They dont seem to break down as often as the big blue buses.

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  10. jus me March 17, 2017 at 6:42 am

    EEE LEK SHUN

    Coming!!!

    Buses coming!!

    Bout the same time.

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