PSVs on Forty Year Rampage

One of the enduring problems Barbados has experienced in the last 40 years is the inability of stakeholders to efficiently manage the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) sector. The result of which has seen the rise in a sub culture of an alarming proportion that threatens to destabilise the orderly society Barbados is known.   There is the negative ‘underground‘ music culture where the word RAW best describes the music. There is a calibre of person employed by the sector whose deportment is best described as RAW. One has to wonder how an industry that was started by the Black entrepreneur converting the ‘lorry’ has been allowed to morph to the ‘monster’ it is today.

For years the blogmaster offered the opinion that the owner of the PSV vehicle needed to be brought to heel to institute discipline to the sector. However, if one takes the time to understand the issues causing the chaos in the PSV industry- and wrecking havoc on society- it is no different to what led to the demise of CLICO. There has been a catastrophic failure in the governance framework effecting the sector.

An employee of XYZ company has a responsibility to perform to the best of their ability based on the job description. XYZ company’s obligation is to provide the training and support necessary for the employee to get the job done. In the simple scenario, if either party’s expectation is not met the contract is cancelled if remediation effort by the employer to address the ‘grievance/gap’ is unsuccessful.

For four decades we have witnessed the same refrain coming from local Authorities –  the minibus driver and conductor are the scum of the earth and must be brought to heel. In XYZ company if the employee does not comply with the conditions of employment it is grounds for discipline- dismissal if the violation is egregious. Why is it not so simple to create the culture of discipline/excellence in the PSV sector?

There is a level of malfeasance and corruption that afflicts the PSV sector known to industry participants. These stakeholders may be defined as the political directorate including the minister, insurance companies, police force, magistrates, MTW officials including the chief licensing officer and a few others. This blog points to the corrective action that can bring order to the sector by weeding out the bad apples through implementing an efficient oversight framework.

The Barbados Transport Authority – this is where the buck should stop – needs to act on the many recommendations shared with government through the years. Many can be found by using the Search Box at the top of BU’s Home Page. In company XYZ the employee is expected to perform to a declared standard, if the employee fails, there is action to be taken. The blogmaster is mindful of a prevailing culture in Barbados and note that the members of the Barbados Transport Authority serve at the pleasure of the minister.





  • @William

    Now that you have delivered your usual refrain, does it prevent others from living in hope?


  • @Wi;lia,

    We have a right to know. Name names or shut up.


  • @MIA
    Receipts it did not happen. Fake news.


  • @ David


    Now that you have delivered your usual refrain, does it prevent others from living in hope? ”

    Take it easy David. Esperar es humano.


  • Names or pictures please !would clear this muddle of deception Mia is creating


  • Oops..should be

    Receipts OR it did not happen.


  • A wild goose chase at taxpayers expense
    I still would like to know who on this gods green earth would expose themselves or merchandise to a govt who defaulted on govt debt


  • Anderson Worrell

    Apropos, BU Family member Negroman has a thought on March 18, 2009 at 11:50 AM:

    Here it is: “We do not want any rat catcher/mango seller Pakistanis & Indians in Barbados.Neither do we want the Indo-Guyanese human germs.
    “Barbados is for Black Barbadians only.The rest of other ethnic groups could go and disappear.”

    Excellent. Just excellent.


  • She dont need to name names, all Mia got to do is have people arrested. Easy so, then everyone will know.


  • And many of the dummies still don’t get it, if a delegation went to Europe, it means everyone in the delegation was there to witness the presence of those not invited.

    Mia would have to be dumber than Fruendel and Dumbville combined to perpetrate such a lie, and that is not easy to pull off…she knows well enough that this information can be fact checked in time.


  • Now tell what would be lying Mia grounds for arresting a person on a foreign company property


  • “Indo-Guyanese human germs.”

    This group will very soon rule Barbados using their petro-dollars.


  • @sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore) August 21, 2018 9:58 AM “does the participant need to pass a final exam or something or does he/she pass by merely attending.”

    A Simple Response: Yes. Must past exam.

    @sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore) August 21, 2018 9:58 AM “What will be the value of these courses if the drivers etc show up and ten proceed to display the ame behaviour as before?”

    A Simple Response: The police/courts will deal with those who continue to break the law. But it should be a smaller number than before. And if the unlawful behaviour continues the operator will lose his licence.

    @sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore) August 21, 2018 9:58 AM “perhaps money down the drai in those examples?”

    I believe that education and training works. Didn’t the grandfathers and great uncles of these same men go to London and make its transportation system one that is celebrated and emulated.




    It WORKS.


  • @Mariposa August 21, 2018 2:03 PM “Now tell what would be lying Mia grounds for arresting a person on a foreign company property.”

    Silly woman. You know very well that Barbados cannot arrest anybody on foreign soil.


  • More like stupid clown, they still can be hauled in fir pulling that stunt, as they enter Barbados pull them in for questioning and arrest them under national security act….. that should have been done this time….Mia has that power though.


  • Simple Simon
    You know very well that Barbados cannot arrest anybody on foreign soil.

    But Simple woman, you must know that it is only ENFORCEMENT that works to create discipline.
    Education and training merely prepares the wicket for enforcement.


  • The van stand flood way today 22nd August, 2018. What will be done to resolve this?


  • @ Colonel Buggy
    Where have you been these long months? I thought you had moved back to Hingland and kicked the bucket yuh. I was even asking around the countryside if anyone had heard anything about you. Nice to know you are still with us. How is the Captain? Have you heard from him lately?


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