Jar­vey a shared taxi ser­vice

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FOR­GET UBER; Bar­ba­dos now has its own ride shar­ing trans­porta­tion ser­vice.

Bar­ba­dian An­to­nio Git­tens has de­vel­oped Jar­vey, a trans­porta­tion ser­vice geared to­wards help­ing to al­le­vi­ate traf­fic congestion.

With Jar­vey, peo­ple who are trav­el­ling in sim­i­lar direc­tions can sum­mon a ve­hi­cle to take them to their des­ti­na­tions. The costs are shared, mean­ing cus­tomers pay a re­duced rate.

Git­tens, a trans­porta­tion plan­ner who works in Canada, told the WEEK­END NA­TION he started re­search­ing the idea of im­ple­ment­ing a trans­porta­tion ser­vice in Bar­ba­dos four years ago. about. Peo­ple in Bar­ba­dos don’t have a lot of al­ter­na­tives. Usu­ally, it’s ei­ther you wait on a bus which might not come or you drive your car,” Git­tens said.

“What I am try­ing to do is to ex­pand the num­ber of choices which peo­ple have. And be­cause the ser­vice al­lows for sev­eral per­sons to travel in one taxi it means more peo­ple are get­ting to their des­ti­na­tions us­ing less ve­hi­cles.”

Git­tens said even be­fore Jar­vey was of­fi­cially launched on Oc­to­ber 2, he had a sign-up list of 75 peo­ple who were ea­ger to try it.

He pointed out that he was only util­is­ing the ser­vices of reg­is­tered taxis with Z or ZM per­mits. All driv­ers must have a pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle (PSV) driver’s li­cence.

He has three seven-seater ve­hi­cles, but is hop­ing to ex­pand it to five.

“We won’t be util­is­ing the ser­vices of any ve­hi­cle which is not reg­is­tered,” Git­tens in­sisted.

The ser­vice catered to peo­ple in St Philip, Christ Church, St Michael, St Ge­orge and more re­cently St James.

Git­tens said he would be will­ing to ex­pand to other parishes once the de­mand was high enough. (RB)

AL­MOST 200 RES­I­DENTS of Hay­nesville Hous­ing Es­tate have signed a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the Na­tional Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (NHC) and the Gov­ern­ment to re­wire their homes.

They have been living in fear of elec­tri­cal faults which have caused four fires in the past two years. The lat­est oc­curred two weeks ago.

The hous­ing es­tate is more than 40 years old and the NHC has of­fered the units for sale to the res­i­dents.

Bar­ba­dos Labour Party (BLP) can­di­date for St James South, San­dra Hus­bands, said the pe­ti­tion has more than 195 sig­na­tures.

“Peo­ple would have lost their prop­erty, and res­i­dents through­out the es­tate com­plain that, for ex­am­ple, the breaker con­stantly trips. They con­stantly have to be chang­ing their light bulbs be­cause the elec­tri­cal wiring is old and needs re­plac­ing, as well as it is un­able to re­ally carry the mod­ern day ap­pli­ances,” she said.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in the St James com­mu­nity yes­ter­day, Hus­bands said they went house to house with the pe­ti­tion.

They want the NHC to pri­ori­tise the rewiring of the units be­cause the sit­u­a­tion was a dan­ger to chil­dren and prop­erty.

The pe­ti­tion is to be pre­sented to Gov­ern­ment to­day or next Mon­day at the lat­est.

“When the res­i­dents ap­proach the Na­tional Hous­ing they are told there is no money, and this is so not only for the wiring but whether they need a door changed, whether they need a toi­let done and so on . . . .

“[The Gov­ern­ment] says it has no money, but they were [able] to host CARIFESTA. They have no money, but they were able to do the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. They will able to do the David Thomp­son Foot­ball Clas­sic, and now that peo­ple have been com­plain­ing, they’ve started a pro­gramme to be able to re­pair roads.

“I’m say­ing that the hun­dreds of peo­ple who live in this area need re­lief from the stress. Many peo­ple talk about the fact that at night when elec­tric­ity us­age is higher, when­ever they hear a noise they have to get up and run and in­ves­ti­gate just to make sure that their unit is not on fire. So we want to ap­peal to the Na­tional Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, we want to present the pe­ti­tion to them so they re­alise that the res­i­dents are re­ally keen on hav­ing this is­sue ad­dressed as quickly as pos­si­ble,” she said.

Ryan Odle, who lives on Block 12, is now stay­ing at friends while re­pairs are be­ing done on his home where fire broke out two week ago.

“I don’t know if the fire was elec­tri­cal but it could [have been]. I have had ap­pli­ances mash up over the years. A cou­ple years back they had to give me back a ra­dio. The elec­tric­ity trip­ping has been go­ing on a lit­tle while now . . . . As far as I un­der­stand they tak­ing care of ev­ery­thing. The painters, car­pen­ters and elec­tri­cians were by me this morn­ing, so they mak­ing wrong things right as far as I un­der­stand.”

An­other res­i­dent, who gave his name as Shane, said the prob­lem had been on­go­ing for years, and it was high time the Gov­ern­ment cor­rected the fault be­fore an­other house burnt. (RA)

ONE OF THE VE­HI­CLES be­ing utilised by trans­porta­tion ser­vice Jar­vey. (GP)

FOUNDER of Jar­vey, An­to­nio Git­tens. (GP)

RYAN ODLE’S house burnt two weeks ago. He said he sus­pects the fire was elec­tri­cal. (Pic­tures by Sandy Pitt.)

SAN­DRA HUS­BANDS, BLP can­di­date for St James South, ad­dress­ing the me­dia dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in the Hay­nesville Hous­ing Es­tate.

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