It’s a crisis!

Opposition responds to public transportation problems

Opposition Shadow Minister Trevor Prescod today described Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley as “a miserable failure”, while declaring “a crisis” in the public transportation sector.

Amid reports that there were only 60-odd buses in operation at the state-run Transport Board, Prescod warned that three times that number was required at the very minimum to service the island.

He also lamented that the situation was negatively affecting commuters – including school children – many of whom were forced to wait for hours for buses at the Fairchild Bus Terminal on Monday evening.

“It cannot be fair that after a long day at work or school that passengers are abandoned for hours upon hours in the bus terminal with no sign of a single bus to get them home,” Prescod said, while raising concern for the safety of passengers, “females in particular, some of whom may have to walk along dark country roads to reach their homes”.

He complained that “Government has not bought a single new bus since coming to office and despite a series of expensive maintenance contracts had failed the working class of Barbados, who have no other means of getting to work, to the hospital or the supermarket”.

Laying blame squarely at Lashley’s feet, Prescod also warned that “no amount of trips to Florida at the expense of taxpayers to look at the public transport system there will erase his legacy of broken down buses, drivers waiting around all day at the Transport Board with no buses to drive, the cost to the country of an inefficient bus service and the suffering of commuters who have to depend on Transport Board buses for their transportation needs”.

He also accused the minister of giving “vague assurances” that private operators would be roped in to alleviate the crisis in school transportation during a DLP political meeting last Sunday night.

“It was no surprise that he was chided by one of the transport association leaders for making such an announcement before any discussion with the organizations that represent the private transport sector,” he said after the head of the Association of Private Transport Operators Morris Lee suggested to Barbados TODAY yesterday that Lashley was premature in making such a declaration without first discussing it with either of the two private sector transport bodies.

10 Responses to It’s a crisis!

  1. Pat Clarke January 30, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Everyday we wake we can see the disaster that this Government has caused to this country since they came into power in 2008. This Country has been pushed back by at least 40 years in the last ten. Everything has been neglected and now nothing is in good working order. Time to call the Election.

    • hcalndre January 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Pat Clarke; how can these people get 40 lbs of incompetence in a 10 lb bag?

  2. jrsmith January 31, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Bajans stop thinking that a general election is going to change anything, what needs to be the first major change, to be able to force bajan politicians to be (Accountable ) to bajan black people……………..
    Ten years of a failed non trustworthy government … How many of them was removed from office not one, (why) because for decades on decades bajans allowed our politicians to fool them that they know best ,,, bajans walking around with they hands raise to the clouds , they eyes close and can hardly mummer a word, confused, very confuse ……Waiting on what they don’t know………..
    Our people in Barbados need to try and bring some sense and reality , back to this nation, we cannot applaud ourselves for anything in the past decade , because anything which might have been tried the applause foreigners…………………
    We must stop the stupidness we need to place our politicians on notice , we need them to be (Accountable ) to the black people of this nation………We need an act of parliament to enforced what make a difference to our country and people the act namely so the ………… (Accountability Act 2018 ) …………..This automatically comes in play , which give the voters /people the right using the same votes which place these MPs in office to remove them if they are not working in the interest of the people……………..
    I am not convince that this present government wouldn’t win the coming elections , look at the voters and opposition party and so call has beens as politicians, none had the balls to publicly call out the government challenge them , for they 10 year failure and bajans dreaming , everything is going to be better because we are having a general election …..To remind them we have the same politicians , the new ones are the olds ones who was once the new ones ……….. Listen to the rubbish they are coming with but no money being brought to the table…………………………..

  3. Mark My Word January 31, 2018 at 6:16 am

    The BLP has a hundred and fifty buses parked at the Israel Lovell Foundation. ready to be put into service. WOW

  4. CCC-Not January 31, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Heard that children at St. George Secondary were at school until 7:00 p.m. last night waiting on a bus. This is totally unacceptable and another indication that our beloved country is collapsing around our ears.

    No buses to get us to work and school and back home on time and safely; sewage flooding streets on the South Coast; broken roads and bridges costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs; garbage piles everywhere; long lines at every Government Department; a Prime Minister who speaks down to us as if we are fools; Government Ministers who don’t seem to give a toss about their constituents. The list of incompetence and uncaring goes on an on.

    It is time for a new vision and new capable hands at the wheel. The Prime Minister might delay the elections, but he cannot delay the inevitable. Dem got to go!

  5. Roverp January 31, 2018 at 6:47 am

    The DEMS believe only them can fix things and only them got the answers…..we have seen how DEMS fix and the answers DEMS have…and mark my word it has not been good….

  6. Freeagent January 31, 2018 at 7:04 am

    A number of new buses were imported in 2007 for the Cricket World Cup. I do not see these buses on our roads. Where are they?

  7. lester January 31, 2018 at 9:17 am

    This might sound far fetched but i believe that politics have stained the hearts of bajans to the point where some of us act as operatives in various government entities and do things to make whatever govt in power look bad, i too have endured waiting hours for a bus, when i approached the inspectors about the delay the kinda answers you get says a lot about the political operatives at work for example they will tell you ” ask fruendel” blah blah

  8. F.A.Rudder January 31, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Bajans are now a nation of black talk a lots with no action plan “B” when action plan “A” fails. By national pride and unity Minors who are left stranded in the dark of rural districts are not being shown love by the elders who could have compassion and find ways and means to have their future nation safe and sound in their homes after school dismissal. This is no where or circumstances for political leverage.

  9. hcalndre January 31, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Ten years and not one minister has bee brought to task for his/her incompetence but how can the leader accused any one when he is the biggest loser of them all, nothing that was recommended to him for the 10 years he never even blink an eye, he`s just there like a stubborn old mule.


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