PSV spokesman wants proof of ‘drunk driving’ claims

The President of the umbrella Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael is challenging the head of the local road safety association, Sharmane Roland-Bowen, to bring proof of her claims that private taxi drivers and operators of private Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) are operating under the influence of alcohol.

While protesting the sale of alcohol to minors outside Four Square Rum Distillery Wednesday, Roland-Bowen told reporters that in the absence of breathalyser testing, her organization had received several complaints from tourists about operators who were drinking and driving.

Without giving any statistics, Roland-Bowen had contended that the problem was by no means an isolated one as members of her organization had witnessed PSV operators stopping at shops and bars to purchase alcoholic beverages while on duty, without fear of legal repercussion

“We are speaking up for our tourists. They come to Barbados to enjoy our sea, sun and rum and yet we are not providing safe roads for them to travel on. We have no breathalyzer, we have no legislation to govern or deter persons from going behind the wheel after they have been drinking,” the road safety advocate had said, while pressing for breathalyzer testing to be made law.

However, while not condoning any such behaviour by members of his organization, Raphael has strongly questioned Roland-Bowen’s claims, which were backed up by Canadian visitor Dianne Brunet, who said she had experienced first hand, a situation in which a ZR driver was driving under the influence of rum.

“They would have to produce evidence to us to show that a lot of our taxi drivers are drunk drivers,” he told Barbados TODAY, while expressing doubt that any such evidence even exists.

“There is no evidence to support it,” Raphael declared, while suggesting that “if the Road Safety Association has some issues, there is a body that represents PSVs, which is the Alliance Owners of Public Transport [and] . . . we could sit together collectively and look at it”.

Yesterday, the President of the Association of Private Transport Operators (APTO) Morris Lee told Barbados TODAY he was aware of the complaints and that he wholeheartedly agreed with the call for the introduction of breathalyzer testing.

However, Lee made it clear that the problem of alcohol consumption on the roads was not restricted to PSV operators alone. He also suggested that drivers should be tested for illegal substances, such as marijuana.

15 Responses to PSV spokesman wants proof of ‘drunk driving’ claims

  1. Lennox hewitt March 17, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Look shut u mouth u does catch any of them ? Now if u don’t hushup there stop by a certin shop n Eagle Hall and buy strong drinks wa i does catch dum well i cannot say dum does be drunk but i no there stop n buy alcohol drink so d lady n rong .

    • John Everatt March 17, 2017 at 2:13 am

      I don’t have a clue to what you are saying but I have certainly seen conductors run into shops for beer on route many times. I don’t imagine that the drivers are pouring these beers into the gas tank or dumping them out on the road.

  2. Michelle Stephens
    Michelle Stephens March 17, 2017 at 4:22 am

    u downright ridiculous!!!!

  3. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke March 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Want proof ? Just visit the various terminals and stay back n observe. Or ask many of the regular passengers across the various routes if they have / have not seen the drivers (and conductors also but I know the topic is driving ) drinking alcohol . That should give you any proof you need as to if they do or don’t .

  4. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 17, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Bury yuh head in the sand

  5. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell March 17, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Passengers, please take pictures and post the evidence.

  6. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce March 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Get out ya office n c it evry day man ur ridiculous

  7. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid March 17, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Boss man just go in the van stand and watch the drinks flowing.

  8. Everick March 17, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Ask for stats on the sale of Guinness.
    Chech the shop on Black Rock Main Road Can’t remember if it still there..
    Do a undercover survey. Mr. RAPHAEL and stop talking foolish mess.
    You are defending the indefensible.

  9. Lennox hewitt March 17, 2017 at 6:24 am

    John i write that late lill sleepy then but i saying i do seethem stop at a shop and buy alcohol well i did see them drink the drink so as i say i never say there were drunk i only say i see them drinking alcohol i no it not a busta drink for sure so yes there do buy alcohol and drink while driving i does cstch them but not regular so john pretend there don’t .so john i just corrected myslf.

  10. Bobolee Popo March 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Of course you Roy don’t catch zrs.
    on the silver route ,conductors regrularly go into rum-shops ,buy some beers ,give some to the driver,keep some for them self and drink all the way to Bridgetown ..
    -I know that they are not drunk …but they are impaired !!

  11. Adrian Barker March 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Roy Raphael PSV spokesman you is a yard foul just saying what you getting pay to say. want proof, you mean you want some corn to eat instead you yard foul

  12. jrsmith March 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Not only PSV drivers people all over barbados do the same , growing up as a kid in barbados , this was going on .. the difference they are call (Public Service Vehicles) and so show that licence..
    Giving this guy evidence wouldn’t make any difference , you make a million laws , rules and regulations in barbados but , who is going to enforce them , people who are lazy and do the same thing……………………………….

    • Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      jrsmith – Ok then. Anything goes bout here.

  13. terry miller March 17, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    he did not mean the minibus and zr drivers reading the article my understanding .he was speaking about TAXI DRIVER,


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