No big gains for PSV men

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page -

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)

(Pic­tures by Len­nox Devon­ish.)

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