Police probe videos of ‘reckless’ PSV drivers

Two separate videos circulating on social media, which seem to show public service vehicle (PSV) operators engaging in reckless and dangerous practices, have caught the attention of police and transport authorities, as well as PSV owners.

The videos emerged within the last two weeks, with one showing a route taxi racing through the River Terminal with its conductor hanging through the door of the vehicle while onlookers cheer, while the second shows a minibus packed to capacity, with at least three persons outside the door while the bus was in motion.

Director of the Barbados Transport Authority Alex Linton told Barbados TODAY the authority was actively tracking the drivers involved and they would face the full brunt of the law.

“These things are against the law. There is a set amount of passengers that a vehicle is allowed to carry and overcrowding is dangerous, unsafe and we really need to stop these practices.

“The gentleman that was outside the ZR that was just total recklessness . . . .Doing these daredevil stunts is not what public transport is all about,” he said.

Linton urged the public to advise the transport authority whenever they see such behaviour exhibited by PSV operators instead of publishing footage on social media.

“If the public see things like this I would prefer that they contact the transport authority. Let us know what they see and send us the footage. I would rather it come to us than for it to circulate in the media. We want to deal with it because we can take action.”

This minibus was so full that passengers were hanging out the door.
A screenshot of a conductor hanging out of a ZR while it is in motion.

The scenes captured on the videos have angered Interim Chairman of the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) Morris Lee, who called on police to deal with the perpetrators.

Lee described this behaviour as reckless, and said it should never be condoned.

“My position in relation to any videos of that matter remains the same. No kind of recklessness, indiscipline or misbehaviour by any PSV, whether it be a minibus or ZR, requires defence.

“There are laws on the statue book that are in place to govern and owner, operator, passengers or law enforcement officer should never condone that kind of behaviour,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“As far as I’m concerned those individuals that have participated in that behaviour need swiftly to be brought before the authorities and whatever action has to be taken has the support of the association.”

PSV drivers have a bad reputation and are not viewed favourably by the public, an image APTO and the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) was seeking to change.

This is why Lee complained that such behaviour by some drivers was making the entire group look bad.

“There are several operators who do not participate in this behaviour. What actions like these do is to make it bad for everybody, so we do not support it. It would not be tolerated and needs to be deal with,” he said.

His comments were echoed by AOPT Chairman Roy Raphael, who added that while there had been a decline in the number of complaints against workers in the PSV sector within the last three to four years, the videos were giving the industry a bad reputation.

“I am asking those operators that break the law to cease from doing it. They are making us look bad and we aren’t tolerating that. The time has come to fight back.

“We are asking the Ministry of Transport to go to Parliament and give more authority to us to deal with these guys that continue to break the law,” Raphael said.

Meantime, Public Relation Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY lawmen would continue to enforce the traffic laws, while urging drivers to act responsibly on the island’s roads.

“We will police these types of behaviours. Once we see videos that show a criminal act or acts that endanger the public we will have to intervene.

“The drivers must understand that they create a potential hazard for other road users. No one can dictate when an accident may happen, but there are certain road practices that can result in them resulting and loss of lives,” Cobbler said.

There have been 19 road fatalities so far this year, nearly twice the ten recorded last year.

94 Responses to Police probe videos of ‘reckless’ PSV drivers

  1. Alisa Wilson
    Alisa Wilson October 4, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Can’t put all the blame on the drivers and conductors…ppl chose to get in the van and to hang out the door like that…

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    • Sazara Pewterschmidt
      Sazara Pewterschmidt October 4, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Alright then alright then say it louder for the ppl in the back…… If them ppl had a problem them won’t get on the van they comfortable

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    • Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
      Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma October 4, 2017 at 2:20 am

      It’s the responsibility of the drivers of these transport vehicles to inform the people of the danger of such actions. They are the ones that should know more the laws relating to such matters, don’t they? If they don’t, then, the operators of these PSVs should be held accountable!!

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    • Prince Trémaine
      Prince Trémaine October 4, 2017 at 5:07 am

      Wendy Reece While I don’t condone this type of behaviour, you really missed the mark there. It’s really not about greed, it’s about making a living. Bus fare is $2, diesel prices goes up each month, maintenance costs, insurance and loads of other high costs. Most of these guys hustle hard just to make a little dollar…emphasis on little.

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    • Sharon Jacobs
      Sharon Jacobs October 4, 2017 at 5:15 am

      When I give someone a ride..I don’t move off till u have in u seatbelt n d door is close…I drop u off where I tink is safe so any ting behind Mr will c DAT I’m stopping.. I signal wit my lights n if u telling long to get out my hazard light go on…I do not pick up anyone in no corner…n if u stop me suddenly…sorrryyyy.I lost a few fake friends DAT way… But hey my safety n the driver behind me safety comes first..its d person driving responsibility to mek sure passengers are safe.

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    • Alisa Wilson
      Alisa Wilson October 4, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Tricia everyone clearly missed my point…not saying the driver or the conductor aren’t wrong…they are…but those persons who decided to hang out the door are wrong too…they CHOSE to do so..and im sure they know the risks

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    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece October 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Sharon Jacobs absolutely safety first

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    • Alisa Wilson
      Alisa Wilson October 4, 2017 at 9:29 am

      For crying out loud ppl…DE PPL CHOSE TO TIP ON THE EDGE OF THE VAN STEP AND HANG OUT THE DOOR! Stop putting all the blame on the drivers and conductors! Wunna car ppl using car examples and car references ain making NO SENSE ON A POST ABOUT MINIBUSES…gosh…no one put a gun to their heads tho…all want tickets…allll the goats that chose to hang out the door…the conductor and the driver

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    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best October 4, 2017 at 9:37 am

      No one put a gun to their heads but safety is safety. At the end of the day if anything happens, the driver and conductor is who gotta face the courts. Not the people that don’t care bout their lives.

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    • Alisa Wilson
      Alisa Wilson October 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

      But isn’t that how things get done here? When something happens? The law should be enforced always…not sometimes…but yet it’s only enforced sometimes…and this has been happening longgg time

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  2. Adina Isalene
    Adina Isalene October 4, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Good

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  3. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry October 4, 2017 at 1:17 am

    They have been probing for years but nothing changes. When I was last in Bim a school girl did lose her arm when a ZR overturned in the road. They started cracking down on passenger loads and it took 2 hours to get from Government Hill to Speightstown because they were enforcing the 12 passenger rule. I wonder if they are still enforcing that rule… and why the drivers of these minivans and ZRs still get away with foolishness…oh I forgot. Follow the money trail…

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  4. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece October 4, 2017 at 1:18 am

    So what’s new, this has been going on for years. It will take the death of passengers before strong measures are taken to stop this.

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  5. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt October 4, 2017 at 1:46 am

    You guys (law enforcement/courts)wasting time with the nuisance bad ones. Take away their permits.

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  6. gsmiley October 4, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Drivers and conductors still have to be responsible in their duties even when passengers have no regard for their own personal safety .

    Theirs is a civic responsibility. So even if a passenger wants to endanger his own life by boarding an overloaded PSV and hanging out the door the driver or conductor should be responsible enough to advise them that he will not be allowing him/her on.

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  7. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma October 4, 2017 at 2:21 am

    It’s the responsibility of the drivers of these transport vehicles to inform the people of the danger of such actions. They are the ones that should know more the laws relating to such matters, don’t they? If they don’t, then, the operators of these PSVs should be held accountable!!

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  8. Michael Warner
    Michael Warner October 4, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Everyone in this bus should get a charge you mean not one person with common sense had not to say not one this bus is full of ass

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  9. Mark Rosmar October 4, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Barbados = stuck.

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  10. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa October 4, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Now Wunna Cares?????why does any authority act like they have never seen such an thing when it’s all over the island. Barbados is very small you can act shocked like you have never seen it…. If they wanted to change it they would. Been happening long before I was born.

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    • Sharon Jacobs
      Sharon Jacobs October 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Only when a rd fatality dem come out ra ra raaaaaa..in 2 weeks…back to normal….man I fed up

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  11. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral October 4, 2017 at 4:45 am

    If the government were really serious about controlling these vehicles they would implement laws that would allow the public to sue both the driver and the vehicle owner should injuries happen in situations such as the above…….similar laws like in where a bartender can be charged for serving alcohol to a drunk patron and the patron goes on the road and injure or kill someone.

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  12. Erica Brathwaite
    Erica Brathwaite October 4, 2017 at 5:12 am

    A lot of carelessness going on in bim. The driving, people having accidents nearly every week. Sometimes not even with another vehicle but guard walls . People not looking after their homes when it falls down want the government to give then another one. But most can fine big money for false hairs and new clothes for the next party. A lot of things can be avoided if people would only take responsibility for their lives. Look after the houses that gives you shelter, insure it just in case . Do not get on a bus if already full.

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  13. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter October 4, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Why didn’t the person recording contact the Police? You are just as culpable as the idiots involved

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  14. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury October 4, 2017 at 5:14 am

    CHARGE them both, driver & conductor. Give them a few weeks to contemplate the foolishness they did. Endangering people’s lives. Stupesss

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    • Bernadette Simpson
      Bernadette Simpson October 4, 2017 at 7:05 am

      And passengers too. Cause No one can make u hang out of a bus door. They made the choice to break the law. They need to understand that they are contributing to this problem.

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    • Fred Blackz
      Fred Blackz October 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

      The ppl trying 2 get work

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    • Fred Blackz
      Fred Blackz October 4, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Why wunna dont charge de politicians that taxing ya every minute n ya dont don’t know wa dem doing wid de country money

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    • Kelly Scantlebury
      Kelly Scantlebury October 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Fred Blackz ok, safety first though. They work on Culpepper Island ?

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    • Fred Blackz
      Fred Blackz October 4, 2017 at 9:37 am

      No Kelly Scantlebury n I agree with u safety first but that is on de worst bus route in st philip st Patrick’s if de government wanna put a stop 2 things like dat they should put something in place for the passengers . Buses carry more ppl than vans but u will never see one being pulled over by the police

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    • Fred Blackz
      Fred Blackz October 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Nor will u I hear how burst dem is

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  15. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch October 4, 2017 at 5:18 am

    That would go to court and sit there for a few years ..nothing is done in this country at a swift paste.

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  16. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 4, 2017 at 5:48 am

    The law need to be serious with some of these lawless drivers.
    This service could help the rebound of our economy.

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  17. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris October 4, 2017 at 5:57 am

    The government should revoke the permits of PSV owners. They are the real problem.They need to put responsible people to drive and conduct on these vehicles

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    • Ricardo Worrell
      Ricardo Worrell October 4, 2017 at 6:05 am

      THE STUPID government Is who cause the problem in the first place by refusing to put adequate buses for travellers making them have to resort to psv

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    • Shakira Shemora
      Shakira Shemora October 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Spoken by a car owner I bet.

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  18. Suzette Gill
    Suzette Gill October 4, 2017 at 6:03 am

    True

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  19. Carol Harewood
    Carol Harewood October 4, 2017 at 6:14 am

    This is poor people struggle for transportation. When you stand at the bus stop for an hour and you need to be at work you do what you have to .. this is not a psv driver issue but the lack of regular transportation

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe October 4, 2017 at 6:37 am

      So u risk your life to that extent get to work????

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    • Fiona Griffith
      Fiona Griffith October 4, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Good question Peter

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    • Jewelle Wickham
      Jewelle Wickham October 4, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thank you, in st. George rush hour does be like this no matter how much vans they are, why? Because there is often no bus for 2 hours at a time. And, he couldn’t be through the door unless people continue to stop n try to board said vehicle… So is a van man issue? No is a societal issue and I really don’t care who vex or pleased with what I said.

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    • Valerie Joanna Alleyne
      Valerie Joanna Alleyne October 4, 2017 at 7:12 am

      So is that an excuse for people doing this…Are we not accountable to?

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    • Valerie Joanna Alleyne
      Valerie Joanna Alleyne October 4, 2017 at 7:14 am

      No job worth me doing this and risk me losing my life…we can do better. Stop making excuses for this reckless act. Take some responsibility

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    • Melissa Jones Shortie
      Melissa Jones Shortie October 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

      True that I feel these ppl that commenting got vehicle

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    • Karen Ramsay
      Karen Ramsay October 4, 2017 at 7:39 am

      No Lisa. Not to risk a life.

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    • Alisa Wilson
      Alisa Wilson October 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Lolll fa real Melissa…I truly feel these are vehicle ppl…

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  20. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony October 4, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Good

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  21. James Marshall
    James Marshall October 4, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Good

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  22. Danny Clarke
    Danny Clarke October 4, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I’m not condoning this is any way as its a serious risk of life & limb but as others before me have said , this sometimes means to only way to work on some routes . When I lived in St John I actually had to get the van from Four Roads and go up to Sargeant St and come back down in order to get to work in Town . And for the record when ppl faces are stuck onto the windscreen as I’ve seen in the By Pass Bus etc is that not also dangerous ?? Aren’t some so full you get someone put in your $2 in the fare box and the driver opens the back door so can somehow try to force tru ?? If it was carrying the legal amount you wouldn’t need to do that that . This problem is across the board and in a lot (not all ) cases a result of a poor transportation system .

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  23. Marcia Purnell
    Marcia Purnell October 4, 2017 at 6:35 am

    They should instigate “on the spot ” fines for certain offences and save court time. Hit them where it hurts. Also 3 offences and licence revoked for 3 months or a year.

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  24. harry turnover October 4, 2017 at 6:47 am

    If I had my way,the driver would NEVER get behind another minibus wheel and the conductor NEVER get to conduct again and that is after they are both FINED and CONFINED.

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  25. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard October 4, 2017 at 6:49 am

    This is what them want u pay 3 dollars for that got to be idiots,

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  26. Jamar Hoyte
    Jamar Hoyte October 4, 2017 at 6:54 am

    If the government don’t want to see that tell them stop steeling the tax payers money and fix all them busses that just sitting there

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  27. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch October 4, 2017 at 6:56 am

    This been going on for 30 years. A lil video come out everybody gine mek noise for 10 days then back to normal. If the ppl hanging out and inside had a problem they would get off. No, them gine say i gotta get work i gotta get home. Why we doan talk this much bout the taxes that killing we? The people that bringing in the guns and drugs and i mean the big container loads. Why we doan holler bout abuse of women men and children especially. Everyday i see transport board bus full of school children same way pack in we dont have this uproar. These men got family and children to feed too, that still aint no reason to drive the ppl so like animals. We gine hear all the arguments for and against. Some gine say them want locking up, ok in a jail that over crowd already then more tax cause them still gotta get feed up there. Or we gine build another jail and got another 30 years of a 30million or more a year debt?

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  28. Ricardo Jessamy
    Ricardo Jessamy October 4, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I don’t blame the drivers it’s the johnnies that sit and enjoy the ride !!!!

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  29. just observing October 4, 2017 at 7:02 am

    That scene will be a nine day wonder then back to business as usual. That is the problem in Barbados. Law enforces need to do their job and keep at it on a daily basis till all this nonsense is weeded out. It can be done. Check Trinidad. Not a fellow more than they should carry . Wait for the next one Mam. Our problem is that many of the owners got nough clout bout here.

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  30. Nela Popovic
    Nela Popovic October 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Mhairi Pearson

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  31. Ailse Ogazi
    Ailse Ogazi October 4, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Courtney Small

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  32. Glendene Carter
    Glendene Carter October 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

    This goes on in other countries too, that’s a thrill they get from doing that living life on the edge.

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  33. Donna Melissa Bynoe
    Donna Melissa Bynoe October 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I can’t believe this is still going on today. You are endangering people’s lives. Police need to arrest these drivers and conductors. The passengers who allow someone to endanger their life in this way wow.

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  34. Heather Yasharal
    Heather Yasharal October 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Best Cuts Barber

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  35. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside October 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    ANIMALS—they cannot govern themselves

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  36. Pat Pilgrim
    Pat Pilgrim October 4, 2017 at 8:04 am

    This is bare foolishness.

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  37. Sharn Joseph
    Sharn Joseph October 4, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I can’t stop laughing..it’s good inspiration for me ..Im visiting now and seeing those sitting on busses loaded with people made me more appreciative..in my country people dont want to move so you can use the free space…i

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  38. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Now you understand the height of ignorance of our people. This reckless behavior is acceptable because one has to get to work. Things will never get better with that mind set. Everything is about self. It is like ” I don’t care if the cabin break down, once I get some where to lie down”
    What guns coming into the country had to do with this situation? That is for another forum. Stick to the dam topic. Ignorance is a curse.There is no excuse for folly. Get wisdom and understanding.

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  39. Terry Bee
    Terry Bee October 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Wow, I can’t believe people are actually going to the defence of the operators of the bus. The buck stops at the driver, as the custodian of the vehicle, he/she is ultimately responsible and it’s them who the police will be charging should anything untoward happen. I hasten to add, those passenger’s hanging out must bare some accountability also.

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  40. Lying King
    Lying King October 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Sooo I am the driver of the car behind this van and to be honest to those who think I was irresponsible in not calling the police, I could care less. IF big adults feel it necessary to risk their lives for another mans work and literally hang out of a van door with just the conductor acting as their seat belt then that is their business. I am not here to police big men and women and it shows how ignorant and backwards some people are.

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  41. Fred Blackz
    Fred Blackz October 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Prob de politicians

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  42. Whitney Jamieson
    Whitney Jamieson October 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Jermaine Leach our trip to oystins lel

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  43. Lasonta Anderson
    Lasonta Anderson October 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Seeing the video at first I was laughing then I start think outside the box imagine every one wants to get work on time no transport bus ain’t come and minibus pass every one wants to make it work on time it was dangerous driving with a few passengers outside the door and conductor but they only wanted to get to work on time

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  44. ks October 4, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Why didn’t the media, with its ‘investigative reporters’, not publish also:
    (1) Minibus Owner
    (2) Minibus License Number
    (3) Minibus Route

    so potential passengers could avoid using those minibuses in the future … or, get on-board knowing they would be putting their lives in the hands of irresponsible idiots!

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  45. Terry Knight
    Terry Knight October 4, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Andy Knight is that the cobra!!!

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  46. Sophia Weaver
    Sophia Weaver October 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This has been going on for decades. I rode minibuses back in the 80s to get to and from school. B92 was my bus on the Silver Hill route…it used to be overloaded like this every AM, nothing new.

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  47. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips October 4, 2017 at 9:24 am

    If the transport authority put a bounty on them….ofcourse people would send in videos or evidence..$500 for reckless driving…$250 fuh off route…125 fuh overload…lol…I already got my weeks pay

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  48. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell October 4, 2017 at 9:24 am

    So much foolishness

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  49. Renaldo D. Weekes
    Renaldo D. Weekes October 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Most of them ( Not all, cuz I know there are a few good ones…somewhere) don’t drive reckless anyway?

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  50. Davwin October 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hope everyone notice that neither Lee nor Raphael mentioned the responsibility of the owners in preventing this utter lawlessness among their employees.

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  51. Sarifa Patel October 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    You want to see reckless driving by ZR etc travel the black rock and university during rush hours. You will see some of the biggest road hogs found anywhere in this island. These men are a different breed of men. Uncouth, irresponsible and downright stupid not only risking the lives of others but their own. If they would do the right thing they can make an honest living and survive. I have been drivibg since 1964 without an accident and everyday I thank God for keeping me safe. He is and always be my unseen passenger. As I get in my car Jesus sits in my passenger seat believe me it works . Pray for yourself that God will keep you and your family safe each and everytime you go on the road.

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  52. Sheron Inniss October 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Nothing new.

    Some of the school children prefer the sub-culture of loud, lewd and crude music on some of the mini-vans and zrs. The playing of music was deemed illegal yet the law was not enforced.

    Add the poor poor poor Transport Board service to this mix and this is what you get. Furthermore, the police know this has been going on.

    I dare them to say differently.

    So to all who don’t care about their lives that is their business.

    My recommendation would be to re-introduce bus fare for school children. The same way the guardians of these indifferent brutes can give the children expensive brand name bags, expensive cell phones, etc; let them pay to get on the bus.

    ‘Cause that “freeness” is our tax dollars being misused and abused. Standing at the bus stop for hours waiting for a bus that is already rammed with school children and then the school bus is sometimes rammed and more often than not exempt to paying passengers.

    A recipe in the book of madness for sure.

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  53. Maggie October 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I see foolishness on the roads here every day. It would be nice to have more of a police presence on the streets.

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