PSV operators say they need relief

Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators have renewed their call to Government to act promptly to bring them some relief.

In a joint statement issued today, Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) and the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) pointed to their proposals submitted to the Ministries of Finance, Commerce and Transport over the last three years.

The PSV operators noted that following the May 2017 set of national budgetary measures, many businesses across several sectors reacted immediately to confirm that their logical response would be an increase in prices and fees.

“The Public Service Vehicle Industry has no such option, although the sector will be severely impacted,” the PSV operators said.

“Since 2012, there has been no increase in bus fares although there have been steady increases in fuel costs as well as costs of automotive parts. These essential and recurring input costs will rise tremendously under the new arrangements.”

The PSV operators noted that it is the responsibility of the decision-makers to continually review and assess the impact of these changes, particularly in the case such as in the PSV industry where the passenger fares are legislated.

“Having admitted that the current bus fare does not reflect the cost of the service delivery, government has set aside $40 million for the Transport Board, expected to cushion the impact during this financial year – obviously in anticipation of adverse developments,” the PSV operators pointed out, adding that in their case, they must produce clearances from the Barbados Revenue Authority and National Insurance before their businesses can be approved to continue for another year.

“The relevant government agencies therefore cannot claim to not know the state of the industry and also have comparative data from the state owned entity,” they said.

“That the necessary adjustments have not been made is a stinging reminder that the PSV sector, though one of the most important links to the country’s productivity has been profoundly misunderstood or blatantly disregarded. It would be very short-sighted if the Public Service Vehicle sector were viewed as valuable only as a revenue source for the treasury,” they added.

25 Responses to PSV operators say they need relief

  1. Tashona Knight
    Tashona Knight June 10, 2017 at 11:17 am


  2. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch June 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

    When they learn to behave themselves.

  3. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner June 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Want an incrrease in busfare ….we want an increase in salary stupseeeee

  4. Sharon Blackman
    Sharon Blackman June 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    When they get relief who is going to give us the public that actually have to pay to take the zrs and vans relief

  5. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Drop one or two of d women wunna got? Wa more relief wunna want?

  6. Outsider June 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Maybe if you guys would get you’ll selves together and do things in a professional manner with some respect,uniforming the employees by making them look more presentable and the operator’s change they driving habits and respectful to others maybe things would change,aint nobody wants to deal with a bunch of ignorant acting people

  7. Verla De Peiza
    Verla De Peiza June 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Allow them to offer advertising on their vehicles. Like the red bus.

  8. Ras Mike June 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Any ZR’s fuh sale I want buy two or three

  9. Ossie Moore June 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    ” SOME ” of the P S V operators are very unprofessional , disrespectful and have the ghetto / thug mentality. You won’t see me crying any tears for the above mentioned. But to the rest of you I wish you good luck.

  10. Milli Watt June 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    my tax dollars going to these opportunistic parasites stupse man PIMPD. not one red cent for this class of operators and owners consisting doctors, lawyers, police and the lot. If this Minister ever stumble in dat house and talk any non sense bout PAYING TAX DOLLARS TO dis crowd IT ON

  11. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement June 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Some PSV operators need relief from they jobs.. Provide training and better policing for them .. Then maybe some consideration can be given.

  12. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Some want relief from their jobs and the public and fellow motorist would like a relief from their ignorance on the road

  13. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    We must ask for a relief or an increase,come next month its books totaling over five hundred dollars per child and de teacher doesn’t even use de books but ya have to buy uniforms bags,socks and ya still got to get them camps and no less then a $80 a week per child and lunch.lord were I going get de money ,rent ,light bill water bill gas bill,phone bill,and I need a job.

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross June 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Cut out the cell phones, weave, alcohol drinks, cigarettes and weed, forget about the concerts – on the hill ….forget the crop over costume which is more than books….etc, etc. Put your child first.

  14. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Give us relief from the little apparently uneducated youths who don’t seem to realize they have a responsibility to take the public safely to their desired destination. Give us some relief in having your conductors, and drivers pay their N I S and P A Y E contributions as required by the state. Give us some relief with the operators driving center of the road impeding traffic and preventing us drivers from moving efficiently on our journey. Then and only then should you all get any relief.

    You all continue to promise to clean up your act, repeatedly failing to. Want the state to pay to police and regulate your own employees. This is costing the police force, and M T W money. So what relief can their be for you all? Your regulatory expense on the country’s tax payers who are also your paying customers is too high. Imagine a customers may spend on average $ 208.00 annually in bus fares with you then that person’s taxes are used to pay public officers to police and regulate your employees, then your accident rate with injuries costing the said person at the
    Q E H and the other vehicle owning tax payers with increased insurance cost. What on earth relief could you all be honestly asking for? Certainly not in increased fares, and certainly not duty free concessions. You have to earn these things, they’re not given away.

  15. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch June 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Wunna want learning manners.

  16. Santini More
    Santini More June 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    How does this foolish Govt expect the PSV’s to absorb the hikes in diesel & the increased costs for maintenance of their vehicles as spare part prices will also increase significantly. You cannot expect them NOT to ask for an increase in bus fares, Or would you prefer that they pack in even more people in their vans & drive even faster so that they can earn more that way? Love them or loathe them the PSV’s provide a vital service to Bajans,so either provide them with access to subsidized diesel or allow them to raise bus fares. This is a yet another DLP Government mess.

  17. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Wunna want learning how to behave.

  18. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    They will absorb the cost the same way all Barbadians have to absorb their expenses with no increase in pay. They can only pack in more people if the people are stupid enough to board an already crowded van.

    We can’t stop them from asking for an increase in fare, but we can say not until they improve the quality of their service. Yes too, we agree they provide an essential service, but not of the best quality.

    I have agreed with you on some things you’ve said, but you can’t deny the points myself and others have made too. We pay for the quality of service we receive. So do you still believe honestly that they have earned this increase they’re seeking? If so whenever you board a van or Mini Bus give the conductor your $ 2.50 or $ 3.00 and tell them to buy diesel or spare parts with the balance. Others who think they should get an increase can do the same as a gesture of god will. @Santini More

  19. joan Worrell June 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Many of the people who own PSV’s come from the slums in Asia . They do not know anything about setting standards for their employees. The workers turn up for work looking like if they work on pig farms and keys to the vehicles are handed over to them. Some of the vehicles look ideal for transporting pigs to the market.

    CD and DVD players plus speakers should be removed from all PSV vehicles . If you want to hear the nastiest, most vulgar, lewdest lyrics, travel on ZR routes 3, 6, 7 , 10 and 11 plus Mini Buses plying the Speightstown – Bridgetown route . Yes, LIL Rick’s songs head the list of smut heard on these vehicles. How do we expect our school children to be any better when they are exposed to lyrics promoting violence and devaluing women’s sex organs. I was driving behind a Mini Bus along Black Rock main road on an evening last week and the traffic was heavy. The driver made a detour right in front of the Black Rock Police Station and I followed him to see where he was going. He turned off the music till he passed the station and sped through the narrow gaps, ending up by Sawh’s shop on Eagle Hall. Is this what we can expect if/when our National Transport system is privatized? For now, I say, don’t give them one damn cent extra till they clean up their act.

  20. Ras June 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Talk yuh talk Joan don’t mind Lorenzaaaa

  21. Greengiant June 11, 2017 at 12:57 am

    The operatives at it again peeps. Just read in the other news that the N U P W executive council has given the government an ultimatum. “Withdraw the taxes or they will call out the workers to march”.

    Really? What is that going to change? I want to hear about alternatives to the austerity measures, but seems like someone somewhere is under undue pressure to get to the polls. Seems like someone somewhere don’t think they will be in charge of the business come next year.

    Political bombs are being prepared to be dropped as far as I understand, but time will tell. The last time these two parent’s children visited Government house one went to swear in a leader and Attorney General. As my memory sounds me the other went to inform the G G they wanted a new opposition leader. Now I hope, I really hope none of them don’t plan to go bothering our
    G G with nonsense before he retires. However, the odors coming from the river close to the globe ain’t smelling to pleasant. Seems like the Chinese couple name their daughter, ‘sumtinwong’. Ah going to bed, but you know when I up at 12:56 am on a Sunday morning I would had to get some critical political phone call.


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