No big gains for PSV men
WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN a lucrative day for public service vehicle (PSV) operators in light of a strike by Transport Board drivers didn’t quite turn out that way.
Two minibus drivers and two route taxi operators in the River Bus Terminal told the DAILY NATION they did not see the increased number of commuters they expected.
“Today was slow. It seemed as though a lot of the children in secondary and tertiary school stopped home because the buses weren’t working,” said Henderson “Cowboy” Lewis, who works on the Bayfield route.
“And it had me frustrated, too. I started work at 6:45 a.m. and the first loads going to ’Town was good, but when people heard about the strike on the news things got quiet. I still find that it took me the same time to load up in town as if the drivers weren’t on strike.”
Kadeem Worrell, who drives the only minibus on the College Savannah route, also said the number of passengers he transported did not increase. He said a lot of students usually caught school buses, but most of them returned home when they did not see a bus.
Route taxi driver Paul Jones, who worked as a Transport Board driver for 13 years, said his Route 11 ZR broke down just as he pulled out of his driveway, while another driver, who identified himself as Danny, said his day was “ordinary”.
“You could say I get a bit more passengers, but it wasn’t anything to shout about. Some people who didn’t like catching van had no other choice.”
Commuters Shane Jones, Thelma Fields, Fay The City. She said she usually arrived in Bridgetown Jones, Oneal Prescod, John Brathwaite and Samantha at 6:45 a.m., but arrived an hour late since she had Wiggins all said they depended on PSVS more than they to rely on a lift or she would not have made it. relied on Transport Board buses and were not impacted Around 4:30 p.m. a handful of commuters sat in the by the strike. Fairchild Bus Terminal in the hope of catching a bus,
However, Tracy Brathwaite, who lives in Ellerton, but about 6:30, security guards informed them that St George, did not know of the strike until she got into the terminal was closed. ( SB)