Need To Probe Maintenance Program At The Transport Board
Submitted by John Dillinger
For the second time in a couple months, morning rush hour traffic is being warned by Operations Control of the RBPF of an oil spill by a Transport Board bus which was on its way to Bridgetown. This time the spill extends from the Garden, St. James to Derricks, St. James and there are reports of one accident and another vehicle running of the road.
A couple months ago, a Transport Board bus had an oil spill coming up Horse Hill, St. Joseph all the way to the area of Groves Corner on its way to Bridgetown. At that time, several vehicles also ran off the road. Are these cases of poor maintenance at the Transport Board?
We also had a Transport Board bus running off the road into the car park at Sheraton Centre and damaging several parked cars after it had just left a garage in Kendal Hill undergoing repair work.
A Transport Board bus rear axle and wheels separated from the chassis in Holetown near to Limegrove one evening as it was transporting schoolchildren to Bridgetown.
There was also the case of the tyre separating from a wheel of Transport Board bus in the area of the St. Alban’s Church and gouging out the asphalt in the road there. These incidences makes Barbadians question the safety and completeness of the Transport Board maintenance process.
These are the same Transport Board units on which our pensioners and schoolchildren travel free in addition to transferring tourists from the airport to port so we need to have these in pristine working order. Lets hope that these frequent incidents are not a sign of poor oversight or financing to enable the Transport Board to be able to carry out necessary and regular maintenance on its units to ensure the travelling safety of its commuters and those of its bus operators