Chris’ ear

PSV operators discuss fare hikes with Sinckler

Privately owned public service vehicle (PSV) owners and operators have finally held their long requested meeting with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on demands for a hike in bus fares and duty-free concessions.

However, at the end of today’s talks, they are no closer to a resolution, as they must now prepare a detailed proposal for discussion at a future meeting, Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

“Based on how the discussions went I would say we would have to come back to the minister with a proposal. We would have to meet again both with the Minister of Transport [Michael Lashley] and the Minister of Finance with a proposal. The proposal would have to look at duty-free concessions and increase in bus fares,” Raphael said, adding that a special committee would be established, comprising the Alliance and the Association of Public Transport Operators.

“We will also have to get some experts to give us some advice so we would be prepared and well documented and we are going to do that as soon as possible . . . . I would say within the next week we will be meeting with our stakeholders to prepare a proposal to present to the Minister of Finance,” the AOPT leader said.

He said their request for increased bus fares and duty-free concessions on imported vehicle parts is based on the rising cost of doing business, which has been compounded by the recent imposition of the National Social Responsibility Levy.

He also said that following public concerns about the conduct of PSV operators, the organization assured Sinckler that there were two model routes – Sugar Hill and Howells & Ivy – where the operators adhere to the rules, including the wearing the uniforms and keeping law and order.

“What we promised [Sinckler] is that  . . . we are going to meet with our owners soon and remind them of some of the issues. I know that the public should soon be seeing a few owners travelling on some of these buses to see for themselves what is going on.”

Meanwhile, Director of the Barbados Transport Authority Alex Linton said there were signs of an improvement in discipline among the PSV operators.

“Honestly speaking, right now during the summer you would see a decrease in certain activities. You still have one or two troubles that are imported. I don’t think you see them, let’s say from the operators’ point of view, pulling out a knife or gun, except for that instance we had at University Hill where they had some serious fights because of an accident,” Linton pointed out. He said the indiscipline on the road is due to a lack of proper training, a lack of understanding of the Road Traffic Act and how to use the road, and the pay scheme for operators.

“That, if anything is a driving force for the indiscipline you might be seeing on the road. But the majority of the guys, they really try to follow the rules. Some guys put on the uniforms. I realize a slackening off of that . . . and I will bring it up at the next meeting with the association in September. We really need some improvement in those areas; public transport need to get the public trust,” Linton said.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

18 Responses to Chris’ ear

  1. Richard Johnston August 15, 2017 at 2:29 am

    The wheels do seem to be coming off Barbados literally as well as figuratively. How is the ordinary citizen helped by allowing PSV operators to increase their margins and lowering government revenue while raising bus fares?

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  2. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard August 15, 2017 at 4:57 am

    WHAT WELL WELL

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  3. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell August 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

    LOL,HE called Howells n ivy a model route lol, when it mystifying what is the actual route as these guys usually take any road at any given time

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  4. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor August 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

    This was amusing…. He has been in the news for so long complaining about this and that, asking for this and that also! But he went before officials without a proper proposal, no kinda documents to back up his points for a raise in busfare at least? Unprofessional, u guys need a new spokesperson!

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  5. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    For so long he kept calling for a meeting , now he got one he went in with out a PLAN.
    Now he is saying he will have to get the advise of some “experts”.
    You need to be FIRED.

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  6. Carson C Cadogan August 15, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is a simple. If they want a fare increase because of their perceived high operating costs. then let them have a fare increase.

    Increase PSV bus fares to $5.00 and let Transport Board bus fares remain at $2.00.

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    • Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Carson – Good idea, only problem is that your government has a fleet deficit to ensure supply and demand the general public. So that idea will be short lived and will prove to be more trouble than profit overall.

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  7. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

    For so long he kept calling for a meeting , now he got one he went in with out a PLAN.
    Now he is saying he will have to get the advise of some “experts”.
    You need to be FIRED.
    Only go to show you are just like the drivers who think that they can do any thing they want and answer to no one.

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  8. hcalndre August 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Did he say that the owners would soon be travelling on the PSVs to get a first hand look at how their busses are operated? an operator would be stupid knowing the owner is on the vehicle and do anything out of the way. Conductors are still on the vans bare footed with pants below their butts, need a bath and some deodorant. You can`t use people to monitor the operation of the PVS that are known to be connected to the vehicles.

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  9. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield August 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This clown need to go sit in the route 11 lane

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  10. Carson C Cadogan August 15, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I would like him to address the situation where PSV crews are working and drinking Deputy beer, Guinness, brandy and mix while transporting passengers.

    And why do PSV crews look and smell so musty?

    And taking short cuts with the maintenance of PSV’s.

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  11. Waiting August 15, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Mr. Raphael don’t you know that it is a waste of time speaking with anything call Government as they are stuck in their ways? Just forget it and wait for elections which is too far I agree, but they are planning for that and they will not be raising any fares now. You should know better than that.

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  12. Sue Donym August 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I would like @Carson C Cadogan to address why his government allows the PSV operators and crew to get away with what he alleges. All these things breathalyser/deportment/compliance fall under the responsibility of a regulator that has the ability to deter, detect, penalise!

    I would like to think that the PSV operators did not simply walk in and say we need a bus fare increase, rather that they were asked for more detailed information on whatever supported their request. Be that as it may, anyone can see that the level of bus fare cannot be adequate, including those who adjust to every increase in corn curls, fake hair and Johnny Walker Black. Not that we should not insist on higher standards from the industry, but when government fixes the fares they do have a responsibility to ensure that they are administering their oversight fairly and responsibly. Certainly get the bad eggs out, not punish the law-abiding operators.

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    • Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      You left out the levy on the gasoline and diesel. Although some of the men using kerosene which cheaper.
      In this place this people is very good at doing nothing. Just put measures in place and no one regulates anything. This is why this place is slowly becoming a war zone and unsafe for the MAJORITY.

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  13. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond August 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    So here’s a private enterprise that does not receive a government subsidy; gets no concessions from the government, but the government dictates what rates it charges. Where else in the business arena does that happen?

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    • Hewers of wood August 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Ok – They should regulate the supermarket goods etc too. But all of this just paints the same picture????????????????????????

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