Dots, Dots, Dots and More Dots

Sitting in a vehicle trapped in traffic on the highways and byways of Barbados any hour of the day has become a permanent inconvenience. The inability of authorities past and present, public and private, to effectively implement and enforce measures to address this and other woes. The problem of chronic gridlock on our roads is symptomatic of a crisis of governance.

Does the National Productivity Council still exist? How many hours are flushed daily because of idle time spent sitting in traffic by citizens who are gainfully employed?

Is the oil import bill still north of 700 million dollars? How many millions of dollars can be saved were an efficient transportation system to be implemented?

How many of the fossil powered vehicles are registered and what percentage represent electric or hybrid vehicles? How does this translate to Barbados becoming a 100 percent green and carbon neutral island by 2030?

There is the challenge to repair one of the most dense network of roads in the world made more challenging by more than 100,000 registered vehicles. This is not sustainable given limited foreign exchange resources.

The Barbados Court System was described as in danger of collapsing under its weight by Attorney General Dale Marshall. Is it fair to suggest to whom it should concern that the chaos on the roads is accentuating the problem?

The pandemic has forced providers to change how products and services are being delivered to the public. Eighteen months later the Barbados Licensing Authority and Barbados Revenue Authority are good examples of two government agencies responsible for administering road traffic being overwhelmed by the volume.

Insurance companies have reported to be paying out over 25 million dollars annually in claims. The number does not include unreported damage below the deductible or from non insured vehicle owners. Car parts are imported.

The decision by successive governments to pass on increases of the price of petrol to consumers has been a contentious issue given the inflationary impact on the economy. Recently an attempt – originating in the social media space – to buy petrol one litre at a time failed but it highlighted the thirst for fossil fuel is real.

If the analogy is borrowed to define how affairs of state is managed to compare with a system which is defined as – an interrelated set of components working together for a purpose – then the consequences of connecting the dots as it pertains to our dysfunctional transportation system is clear. It is a useful exercise to connect the dots for yourself.

What did you conclude?

214 comments

  • Miller
    Don’t you think work on the construction of that ‘brand-name’ Hyatt erection will clearly make a difference to the economic recovery of the country, the plight of Bridgetown and demonstrate a measure of confidence in the brand called Barbados

    Xxxxxx
    Don’t u realize that COVID has given the Hotel Industry a devastating blow one that not even Hyatt has an answer
    The erection as u have called the Hyatt is nothing more than a limp rag tossed and turned in the windmills of Covid
    The best or better thing Barbados govt can do for Barbados is to create a social and cultural environment wherby local black businesses have a helping hand in bringing Barbados out of the dark depth of economic disaster
    Govt have already spent millions in the Hotel industry
    Now time for Barbados govt to pour some millions into locally owned black business

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  • @ angela cox July 22, 2021 9:52 AM
    (Unquote):
    Don’t u realize that COVID has given the Hotel Industry a devastating blow one that not even Hyatt has an answer
    The erection as u have called the Hyatt is nothing more than a limp rag tossed and turned in the windmills of Covid…(Unquote).
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    Angela, sometimes you can be ‘too sweetly cocky’ with words, sometimes!

    Are you saying that the Hyatt hotel project has been from the outset nothing more than a tilting windmill in the wild imagination of the Bajan Don Quixote called the Mad max-man Mal(m)oney who simply drove away from the scene of the crash of that investment ghost project in a duty-free Mercedes with the Bajan government playing the role of nothing more than his sidekick called Sancho Panza Mottley?

    Can’t you see the Hyatt erection saga, like the Four Seasons fiasco, are both signs of the times of a falling former tourism titan called Barbados just like King Sugar eventually became a Humpty Dumpty?

    Why don’t you and the preacher-man sheriff called Guy the Divine just take the fallen Hyatt bull by the horn and run with it to score some meaningful points in order to hit the political bull’s-eye?

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  • ” Putting aside the COVID-19 pandemic, corruption is one of the major hindrances to the growth of Barbados’ economy. ”
    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/07/22/hewitt-corruption-hindering-growth-barbados/

    I would like the Guy to show proof of the corruption which is hindering growth.

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  • Miller

    Why don’t you and the preacher-man sheriff called Guy the Divine just take the fallen Hyatt bull by the horn and run with it to score some meaningful points in order to hit the political bull’s-eye?

    Xxxxxxx
    Have u ever heard an ole saying
    Let sleeping dogs lie
    For politicians that might be the best idea
    Btw Guy just came on the scene don’t believe he would know much about Hyatt

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  • The nerve of Braven

    vendors held a press conference this morning to highlight a number of grievances.

    Camille Stuart, spokesperson for a group of 40 financial members of the BARVEN market, which is a subdivision of the association, said they tried to have an audience with president Alister Alexander regarding the issues, but to no avail.

    Stuart said the vendors collectively reached out to multiple Government officials but when they realised their concerns were not getting off the ground, they decided to hold a media conference in the hopes that some form of action could be taken to address the issue

    The closure of BARVEN market Cheapside space without any notification or clear reason.
    The move to the BARVEN market along the Mighty Grynner Highway was not voted on or held in any democratic way.
    Longstanding members of the BARVEN market Cheapside space were not given their entitled spaces and no explanation as to why; about 15 members were refused spaces.
    The subscription fee increased from $10 in the old market to up to $75 in the new market, and as a result, about 30 vendors stopped selling produce there.
    There is no clarity as to the status of the owners of the old BARVEN market space in Cheapside.
    The BARVEN market board told members that the organisation was changed from a non-profit without any explanation and members are now required to pay a fee to run the organisation and there is no information on where the money would go.
    The autocratic decision making without following procedures outlined in the BARVEN constitution.
    Stuart also made reference to the recent situation where about 20 vendors were displaced as a result of the erection of a fence at the Cheapside van stand. She said those vendors, in addition to those who could no longer afford to pay the fees along the highway, would be setting up their stalls at the former BARVEN market in Cheapside.

    The spokeswoman said that if the vendors came together and played their cards right, they could operate in a way that was compliant with the COVID-19 health protocols.

    The press conference was held inside the old BARVEN market
    Xxxx
    See what I mean

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  • The Unions and Braven seems to be cut from the same cloth
    Both collect fees for doing nothing

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  • An economic train wreck heading Barbados way

    https://fb.watch/6WH6TYynK4/

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  • A feeling of sadness for these vendors

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  • Vendors treated like tumble weed

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