WiFi scheme

PSV body to pilot internet on public service vehicles

With Government proposing to ban all music on public service vehicles (PSVs), the Alliance of Owners of Public Transportation (AOPT) is preparing to roll out a scheme that will otherwise keep passengers occupied.

AOPT Chairman Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY discussions were under way with a telecommunications provider to install Internet on the vehicles, with a pilot due to be launched soon.

“We have met with a telecoms provider and we are looking at having the vehicle having an Internet connection so that persons who want to, can play their own music from their cellphones. We are going to be having a pilot very soon on one minibus. We are looking at one on the long haul, like from Bridgetown to Josey Hill, so that persons can catch the van and have an instant connection and they can play whatever music they like via headphones,” Raphael explained.

With modern mobile phones already carrying music players from which people listen to music, it was not immediately clear how an Internet connection would help in this regard, although passengers could watch music video streaming sites such as YouTube.

It also was not clear if this would be a free service, or if users would be asked to pay a fee.

“We are examining it carefully. We want to roll it out very soon and we are sure the public would like it very much. Once started, going forward those vehicles won’t have radios in them. We are eager to hear how the public responds to it,” the AOPT head said.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley last month announced that “all music on PSVs will be banned” in proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act.

Speaking during debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Lashley had linked students’ conduct to the “subculture” which he claimed was being fostered through the music being played on PSVs.

Raphael Monday reiterated his organization’s support for the proposed ban, agreeing with Lashley that most of the music helped to promote bad behaviour.

“Some people may not agree with me but my position is totally clear that they should have a total ban of music on the PSVs. I support the ban. I think the ban on music would curb some of the bad behaviour.

“A lot of the problems we are facing are coming from the promotion CDs and they have a lot of bad words in them and its very unfortunate in Barbados that we could have a situation like that and in that vein, all public service vehicles should have their amplifiers and radios removed. It’s against the law and we would support any legislation from the Ministry of Transport to go to Parliament to ban music on all public service vehicles,” he said.

This notwithstanding, Raphael questioned why the law already in place was not being enforced.

“There is already a ban in place. The Road Traffic Act speaks directly to it. There should be no playing of loud music on PSVs and I’m wondering why the authorities don’t enforce it. Why should you go to Parliament again to retrieve the laws when there is already a law in place to deal with the playing of loud music? I’m not only concerned about the loud music but the lewd music that is being played,” Raphael added.

When Barbados TODAY visited the Princess Alice van stand earlier Monday, some of the PSV operators were also in support of the ban, although there was consensus that radios should remain in the vehicles.

“I won’t be vex with them banning the music, but banning a radio is another thing. If they tell us just play the radio I could live with that. But the kind of music those other guys play really wants banning.  I have two children, both at school and I need to know what is going on out there,” said one operator who asked not to be identified.

“Some of these guys overdo it. They have the music too hard and the kind of things the deejays would talk does even upset me. I think it attributes to the bad behaviour as well. But the way the conductors behave further promotes the bad behaviour. All of that is nonsense and they need to stop,” he added.

Another driver, who also asked not to be identified, said he would not be happy with a total ban because he enjoyed listening to the radio while making his rounds.

“I wouldn’t like it to get ban because I like to hear what’s going on in the world . . . I play all radio.

However, he too admitted that some operators were out of hand.

“Some vans are a little too rowdy with their music, but I don’t tell anyone what to do with their vans. I operate mine and I have been driving this for a very long time. I just do what’s right, keep to myself and keep a low profile. I try not to get in anything,” he added.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

21 Responses to WiFi scheme

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 11, 2017 at 4:22 am

    First of all, before the government banned music on public transportation .They suppose to carry out a survey first to see who is in favor of the music and who against it. Some music relaxes your mind. Also not everyone play the same type of music. Some play gospel ,reggae, dance hall ,RMB and some play calypso. The reason why they want to ban music on the buses, is because of dance hall music. Any other music is fine. Politicians does want to tell you what you should listen to. When the same politicians children does be listening to dance hall music and Bashment.

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  2. Jason Greenidge
    Jason Greenidge April 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Get the unruly van drivers and conductors off the streets and everything fixed. Simple! !..

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  3. jrsmith April 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Baning music on (PSVs) wow ,what a fantastic happening what a bunch of fools, the government cant even get buses on the island roads for peoples usage and the (PSV) Alliance should get they house in order , do something to control they people and with the useless government try preventing the deaths and injuries of our people travelling on these said vehicles……..
    This is all so simple Simon , this is where the brains are at…….

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  4. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke April 11, 2017 at 5:30 am

    With all the hi tech BS watch the price rise #smh #money

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  5. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 11, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Give them a choice,VOB OR CBC news in case of emergency.ya want to hear music buy a radio gram and play it at ya home END OF STORY.

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    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy April 11, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa………….radio gram; murdaaaaa

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  6. Minimusclecat Howard
    Minimusclecat Howard April 11, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Wanna ppl sick why would wanna want to stop the van from playing music not all music does be bad

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  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 11, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Ban the Government!

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  8. Jea Alleyne April 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I agree with Veroniva Boyce “Ban the Government”…..pot calling the kettle black. I suppose when the Government gets their house in order, the masses will follow. eg., Dangerous road surfaces, poor providers of the basic utilities, lack of active leadership, poor visionaries for Barbados….too much talk and blaming others when “the Govt” are to blame !!

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  9. Jea Alleyne April 11, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Its time that we the taxpayers see some proof of the handling of our taxes. I get asked for Bank Statements, Flight Itineries, Invoices and all forms of receipts for money….my finances are being monitored. However, I receive no proof of how the taxes, including $ thousands demanded is being spent. Road Tax doubled for years and repairs done and patching is inadequate. All the UKs roads are smooth, safe surfaces, not one pothole in years….look at the standard. And road tax is paid monthly while Gov here ask for the total amount to stress their citizens.

    Government deals with large sums of money and as taxpayers, we are entitled to see, have a say and monitor our taxes. This is far more important than whether the PSVs play music or not !!

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  10. Jea Alleyne April 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Its time that we the taxpayers see some proof of the handling of our taxes. I get asked for Bank Statements, Flight Itineries, Invoices and all forms of receipts for money….my finances are being monitored. However, I receive no proof of how the taxes, including $ thousands you demanded was appropriated. Road Tax doubled for years and NO repairs done…. patching is inadequate. All the UKs roads are smooth, safe surfaces, not one pothole in years….look at the standard. The UK “mother country” pay road tax monthly, we should be following them as we normally do. Gov ask for the total amount to stress their citizens.

    Government deals with large sums of money and as taxpayers, we are entitled to see, have a say and monitor our taxes. This is far more important than whether the PSVs play music or not !!

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  11. gsmiley April 11, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Angus Benn that argument is so flawed.

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  12. Ossie Moore April 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Ban the music ! It’s very disrespectful and very “Ghetto ” , passengers should be able to ride in public transportation without having to listen to very loud , annoying and sometimes very vulgar music lyrics.

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  13. Milli Watt April 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    imagine this was suppose to be done twenty years ago but when the owners are doctors, lawyers, politicians, police and businessmen (of the Indian extract) you get the lawlessness, accidents, school girls having an arm amputated etc. Now this clown talking @$$……boss man dat is why yuh does got a data plan fuh ssstttuuupppssseee stop trying to be so SMART

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    • Jennifer April 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      @Milli Watt – You are becoming so sweetly evil. “Indian extract” – that is just naughty. Seeing that you are the only one so far, who commented on the wifi it is clear evidence that the wifi is not needed. Mind you when you can feel the base of that music beating in your chest as you pull up long side these vehicles say a lot. As you correctly said this music thing had to be dealt with 20yrs ago and still being PIGEON HOLE IN PENDING tray. It is evident that there are two paces in bim – slow and stop.

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  14. Kevwat April 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Ban the radios. Tpb don’t have and no one complains all who wants to hear music or news get some head phones and annoy yaself. WiFi int needed buy data or do without.

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  15. Maureen Fields April 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    So only passengers can play music via their cellphones?
    So now, we are out of the fryingpan into the fire?
    Imagine, out of 30 passengers 23 playing their own thing, and loud too! …oh what confusion! Lord, help us.

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  16. Alfred Shepherd April 12, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Music is good to hear, maybe not so loud. So let’s turn it down some. Now the basement music can make your children do what they themselves don’t want to do. The same was said about rock and roll music. It’s the music of the young generation where we was a long time ago. I say turn the music down and let the young and old listen to it. Music can be very relaxing on a trip home. Ban the music with bad words that’s all, sensor them like the way the radio station do. For most sounds there is a clean version and a raw version. And if you want to go further, let your traffic police monitor the volume and issue citations for it if it’s too loud. Government want to make money, here is your opportunity. And in defense of the drivers, when you on the road all day picking up passengers, you want something to listen to, to keep you awake on the street. So think about that also, this discussion is one sided.

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    • Alfred Shepherd April 12, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Correction bashment.

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  17. Paul April 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

    As an occasional tourist from the UK, I would definitely miss the music on the busses, it is part of Barbados for me and would be a real shame for it to go. Wifi is fine but not the same.

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