Stranded commuters in the north rely on PSVs

Commuters in the north of the island were forced to rely on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) this morning, following a sickout by drivers at the Transport Board.
But it did not seem to have much of an impact, as they were enough PSVs to get the residents of St Peter, St Lucy and St James to their various destinations.


One PSV operator who declined to give his name said he was thankful for the increase in business.
“I don’t think the sickout really affect anyone because when they can’t get the Transport Board bus they still have us here,” he said.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited the bus terminal in Speightstown just before 9 a.m., no buses were at their stations. However, in the time spent there, two buses left – one heading to Oistins and the other to the ABC Highway.
A few commuters were sitting in the terminal but they declined to comment.
Early this morning, general manager at the Transport Board, Sandra Forde reported that fewer than 20 of the more than 100 buses that were due to operate from 4:30 a.m. were on the road, noting that the north was severely affected because of the action.
“We haven’t had any buses leaving our Speightstown depot or our Mangrove depot, so the majority of the buses are leaving Weymouth to more or less traverse the entire island,” she said.

14 Responses to Stranded commuters in the north rely on PSVs

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    At least wunna got some Transport.

  2. Mack July 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I just saw a couple of Union leaders in their big rides moving around, none of them didn’t stop to offer a ride to any of the poor stranded people waiting for a transport bus. I wonder why??

    What about unity is strenght, or where there is no vision the people perish. I guess that is not their idea of being a conrad.

  3. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada July 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Well before the go slow, transport broad was always on a turtle slowly slowly and break down, break down hell one day the 1:30 ,2:30 bus breakdown than the 3:30 coming down with the school children breakdown to, so it nothing new long wait for a transport bus going town, coming up from town oh god thank for the minibuses and ZR praise God.

  4. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar July 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm


  5. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    PSVs to the rescue! I really hope they get a little more respect after this…..

    • Donna Archer Burnett
      Donna Archer Burnett July 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Respect? they getting paid

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor July 20, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Yes respect…. All aint bad….. And they could have stayed in this morning to protest d taxes but they are out in full force…. Respect to them!

    • Horace Boyce
      Horace Boyce July 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Really now

  6. Biscuits July 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    There were also motorists who stopped and picked up folks along the way in the north. Kudos to them all….

  7. John q July 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    The Transport Board system has been broken for a LONG time. Recently had to wait 3 hours for a bus at Waterford…. again PSV to the rescue !!!!! The bus service in Bim is utterly unacceptable !!!!

  8. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe July 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t know how the PSVs is gonna help the transport board…if yah short by 80 buses yah short by 80 buses. All that is gonna happen is that the PSVs would be leaving out their regular passengers to help the transport board…so yah back to square one

  9. joan worrell July 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Wherever you turned this evening the Transport buses were on the road. What have they proven. People got to work and back home. The workers who were off the job this morning will not be paid for the day but their co-workers who worked this evening will be paid. Is the union turning members against each other? The entire staff either reports sick or not at all. The same thing happened yesterday at the port. I wonder who is advising the union.

  10. Patrina Drakes
    Patrina Drakes July 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Actually the bus waited for here came 5mins late and the terminal was empty because it usually is after the ABC bus leave which it had. Plus most people stop outside and caught vans from the get go.

  11. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott July 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Cud dear, the poor always the ones to suffer.


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