Lashley says PSVs’ music must stop

Government will be cracking down on those who habitually flout the island’s traffic laws, and Transport Minister Michael Lashley  said yesterday that he has public service vehicle operators in his sights.

Addressing a Barbados Road Safety Association church service marking World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at the Sanctuary Empowerment  Centre on Country Road, Lashley pointed out that PSV operators play music in their buses though there is a law against it.

Contrary the norm in Barbados for many PSV drivers to play music in their vehicles while transporting passengers, Lashley said to much applause, “the Road Traffic Act in its present form rules out the playing of music on public service vehicles”.

“There is a law. It means that we have to enforce these laws,” he added, citing Section 44 of the regulations.

Lashley’s reminder that this law already exists comes against a backdrop of him presenting to Parliament last Tuesday a Bill with comprehensive changes to the Road Traffic Act as it exists now.

He however made clear at the church service yesterday that his proposed amendments do not affect the already existing Section 44 of the regulations.

The Minister bemoaned what he sees as “the creation now of a Barbadian that believes that he can disrespect authority, disrespect the institutions that we’ve built so far, values and principles enshrined in our constitution, and values that we were taught not only by church but schools and families and persons in the communities and that it is all well and fine, that there is no law, there is nobody that can stop them”.

21 Responses to Lashley says PSVs’ music must stop

  1. Ossie Moore November 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Awesome decision Minister Lashley and I applaud you for having the ” guts ” to enforce such a very much needed law. But are your buddies the other Ministers who are the owners of many of the PVS’s going to back your decision on enforcing this law ?

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  2. eddy murray November 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    The name of the Church is Sanctuary Empowerment Center. Please make the correction.

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  3. Greengiant November 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    @Ossie Moore: BLP members, past parliamentarians, their relatives, business associates, and probably some opposition MP’s own public service vehicles as well. Actually when the PSV sector was created the B L P was in power, and one of the main investors was a fellow from St. George with the Sir name ‘Tull’.

    I will repeat for the record, “they all does the same thing”. Look at the situation currently facing us, ” a group of legal personnel, comprising of former attorney generals, Q C’s and even P M’s were involved in getting a young Barbadian admitted to the Bar when we are not sure if that person attained an LLB. This is even greater evidence that they are all one family, and always has been.

    The issue of that person’s qualification to practise has now been activated by some among her inner circle politically who don’t want to see her lead this country. Don’t forget someone from within the inner political circle of then PM Arthur had passed critical info to then opposition leader Thompson. That individual has never been forgiven by the undocumented Bee’s.

    We the people of Barbados are suffering from the inner workings of these two parties over a period of decades. This is our chance to shake the shackles off, by entrusting our political destiny to a new player, or reducing the power play of these two.

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  4. Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Mr Greengiant. I’m with you.BLP/DLP Two name same party Of crooks. The country needs a fresh new start. Bajans should send a clear message to the two parties that the country will not go back to slavery. Every Barbados governments after barrow and Adams has damage this country and its future.

    The new parties need to reach out to the young voters and have a plan for them. I’m voting for HOPE AND CHANGE in 2018

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  5. Alan Winter November 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Which laws are we supposed to abide by? I thought we ALL (every living soul) was supposed to abide by laws, Lawyers, MPs, the elites, however you cant run a society whereby the leaders flout the very same laws that they expect the citizens to follow. Lead by example Minister Lashley and then you may see a change in people’s behaviour. The high-ups have already broken the same laws that you say should be abided by….

    Good Luck with sorting the mess out, it started wrong and cannot be put right without doing those in authority, doing the right thing!!

    Barbados is a lawless society, I hope readers will reallise THIS SYSTEM is nothing like the UK system….. This is do as u like !!

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  6. Sue Donym November 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    It’s definitely that time.
    Please tell us, Mr Minister – what previously prevented the enforcement of that law? Please also tell us whether there is a similar law against the playing of loud music by other vehicles and whether it is intended to enforce that also. Speaking of those who habitually fkout traffic laws, can we expect a crackdown on the wheelies by motor cycles, unlit pedal bikes, red light breaking motorists, illegal street racing and blacked out vehicle windows?
    Hopeful.

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  7. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Barbados needs cleaning up. Whether or not BLP or DLP does it.

    Bajan Patriot
    Its either BLP or DLP.
    I dont know what fresh start you talking about. Explain what you mean by fresh start .

    Both parties have done good things for Barbados. Both parties have capable and competent individuals who know how things work. I am sure that both sides want the best for Barbados and they are proud of our achievements as a country. I love all of them from both sides. I respect them all. It does not mean that I will not chastise them . They cant get every single thing right . 70 % in an exam is a good score depending on the setup. In some places it is an A .Maybe they can score higher with your help, and trust me, they do need your help too . You just throw them away and you never try to help them .

    To say that the BLP and DLP are the same and we want a fresh start is a puzzle to me. Explain what you mean by ” fresh
    start” What does it mean ? Please do not generalize or tell me I should know what you mean. I want to hear from you what is a fresh start.

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  8. Lisa November 19, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    WHEN??????????

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  9. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 12:46 am

    The intelligent folks of Barbados people are talking ! ! !

    Greengiant : We the people of Barbados are suffering from the inner workings of these two parties over a period of decades. This is our chance to shake the shackles off, by entrusting our political destiny to a new player, or reducing the power play of these two.

    Bajan Patriot : The country needs a fresh new start. Bajans should send a clear message to the two parties that the country will not go back to slavery.

    Alan Winter : however you cant run a society whereby the leaders flout the very same laws that they expect the citizens to follow
    Barbados is a lawless society . . , I hope readers will reallise THIS SYSTEM is nothing like the UK system….. This is do as u like !!
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    Sue Donym : Speaking of those who habitually fkout traffic laws, can we expect a crackdown on the wheelies by motor cycles, unlit pedal bikes, red light breaking motorists, illegal street racing and blacked out vehicle windows? Hopeful

    Luther Thorne : Barbados needs cleaning up. Whether or not BLP or DLP does it. . . . . . . To say that the BLP and DLP are the same and we want a fresh start is a puzzle to me. Explain what you mean by ” fresh start ” What does it mean ?

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  10. Bajan boy November 20, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Hope u stop the music in yours too..

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    • Lisa November 20, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Mercy.

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  11. harry turnover November 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

    There IS a Law already in place but as most things are done, one abides by the Law for a couple of weeks then slowly drift back into breaking it.

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    • Jennifer November 20, 2017 at 7:12 am

      OK – but we need to wait and see the effects of his amendments, because this law was to be enforced since Adam was a lad.

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  12. hcalndre November 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    The minister will have to explain what music he terms as loud music. Knowing the bajan, Joseph Niles and the likes music will be alright to be played ? Is it the desibels that`s the problem or the genre of music that he is banning?

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  13. luther thorne November 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    harry turnover !
    You are so true, so right, so correct.
    There are many laws on the statue books that are not being enforced. Barbados will not progress any further until the playing field is levelled in respect of enforcement of the law. What I mean by that can be explained in this example. Officer stops Mr X and reports him. He calls his friend and gets the thing squashed. In more serious situations, files get up and walk out of Offices and walk into wells. Paper disintegrates very fast when in water or moisture.

    On the other hand, a Fella goes into a minimart takes up a tin of sardine and he is treated like a centipede. He has no one to beg for him so off to court he goes and the courts in Barbados are notorious for the way people with no connections are treated. Errol Barrow gave all and sundry good advice re staying away from the courts. That advice speaks volumes and It is clear that Until this situation is corrected Barbados will not progress.

    We use America as an example when it is convenient for us but we should follow the good examples coming from the USA. Not even the President is immune. As a matter of fact, people are always looking for ways and means to punish so- called Big -Ups. Not so in Bim !

    Get that part right and we as a nation would have progressed.

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  14. luther thorne November 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

    There are certain people in Barbados who feel that the Laws do not apply to them . The Law cannot touch them. When this situation change, it would indicate that the Country is serious. Mia Mottley seems to be indicating that as a Prime Minister she would lead a Government that would be focused on cleaning up. The present PM hints at the question of morality which would indicate some awareness. The thing is that he heads a Government that started its term un Office by breaking the law and throughout the two terms in Office is yet to produce. All of them must be held accountable.

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  15. Alex Alleyne November 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Yes, PSV’s music must stop , but in what year and who’s lifetime.

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  16. Donild Trimp November 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    “what previously prevented the enforcement of that law”? ——

    You are an expert at nitpicking, why?

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  17. Donild Trimp November 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    “what previously prevented the enforcement of that law”? ——

    You are an expert at nitpicking, why?

    @sue donym

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  18. DE November 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Mr. Lashley realize that the public knows that for the past nine years all he has done is waste the tax payers money in all the ministries that he has held. With election just around the corner he is just securing his seat by trying to pass all the legislation that was called for over nine years ago.

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  19. Jus me November 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hold on,Stop back up de bus.

    This Politician very smart,politrickery is he business.
    He understand we does all be crying out, for Law and order.
    He just providing some, controversy at the same time.
    He tryin tuh hide a tree in de woods.
    Come election time, he be calling how, he ALWAYS been Law abidin and Soooo Honest

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