PSVs Want School Transportation Service Privatized
Submitted by Anthony Davis
The operators of public service vehicles (PSVs) have a counter proposal for the Ministry of Transport which is currently mulling over the installation of security technology and the deployment of personnel on school buses to keep students in check […]
– Barbados Today
Raphael said in recent times PSV operators have not had any “major issues” relating to the behaviour of pupils using their buses and insisted that members of his organization who would be prepared to transport the nation’s children would operate with the highest integrity.
“He has, however, proposed that the private school service be separated from regular bus services.”
Pray tell me, Mr. Raphael, – first you were “demanding” and “insisting” that Government raise the PSV fares, now you are suggesting that they allow you to transport our children to school – are you really serious?
I don’t think so!
Do you really expect parents to allow you to take their scions to school, knowing how the majority of ZR and minibus drivers flout the laws of this country daily?
They are like the bad men in the cowboy movies – they take no prisoners. They dead stop in front of whatever vehicle is behind them – no matter if the road is wet or dry. They stop any and everywhere – and in the middle of the road. Then pull off just by pushing out their hand and not caring if the vehicle behind can stop or not. At one time they are racing each other to get to their destinations, at another they are dragging – not caring who is trying to get to/from work.
They are still not wearing the semi-uniform. The loud, dirty music can still be heard emanating from their vehicles.
I would suggest that you instill some discipline and manners into your drivers, and wait at least one year before you come up with such a preposterous idea. You say that those who do so would transport the “children with the highest integrity”, what about the highest discipline and being on their best behaviour?
About 10% of the persons who drive minibuses/ZRs adhere to the rules and regulations which are laid down in the statutes of Barbados, and one has no way of recognizing such drivers.
I say NO to that idea!
“Good order is the foundation of all things.”