Mixed views on schoolchildren using PSVS
ONLINE READERS had mixed responses to the decision by some operators of public service vehicles (PSVS) to ban schoolchildren in uniforms from their vehicles.
Speaking after three students of Frederick Smith Secondary School allegedly attacked a conductor with a cutlass, the operators said it was an attempt to nip bad behaviour and vandalism in the bud.
However, chairman of the Alliance of Owners of Public Transport, Roy Raphael, said their job was a public service and they were mandated by law to transport the children.
While some readers backed the move, others pointed out that PSV drivers and conductors often did not set the best examples.
Nickk Moore: How is this against the law? If I owned a PSV and I ain’t want no schoolchildren to board, I won’t stop for them.
Sonia Stephens: Drivers and conductors are asking for respect? How you all expect to get respect when most of you all disrespect and abuse our children with lewd music, reckless driving, smoking and drinking alcohol while on the job? Respect is earned. The children are making a mirror view of what they see on these vans.
Denise Layne: They should have done that a long time ago.
Carolyn Nulty: Clean up and make safe the roads and pavements so students could feel encouraged to walk to and from school. Schools should be set in places that are easy for them to reach.
Olivia Linton: So Bajans were against schoolchildren catching vans, and now the van men want to take action and stop them from boarding their vans. It’s against the law. I’m sure something can be arranged.
Child Nice: Schoolchildren have assaulted Transport Board drivers with no just cause on more than 20 occasions and still they have to transport them. I say make them pay bus fares and punish them as an adult when they attack anyone. Remember these are to be our leaders of tomorrow. So I say set them straight now.
Wayne P Hoyte: Keep them off the bus. Force the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Transport to ensure adequate transportation is available. Put special officers on the buses to monitor behaviour.
Celia Harewood: A lot of these children are out of control. There are school buses and the regular buses that are free for them. Why do they have to pack up the minivans and make it hard for other people? Some people use these vans to avoid the buses that are crowded with schoolchildren. Now they are invading these as well, and have no behaviour.
Hunte Omar: Well, do not forget some of you all encouraged this behaviour and now it seems to be getting out of hand.
Ryan R.A. Charles: Finally. They should never be on the vans in the first place. That’s the reason they were given free bus fare to begin with.
Denise Bourne: Wow. They are afraid of the monsters they had a hand in creating.