Jarvey a shared taxi service
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)