PSV blues

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by DAVANDRA BABB da­van­drababb@na­tion­news. com

ALL IS NOT WELL at the new Con­sti­tu­tion River Ter­mi­nal for some pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle (PSV) op­er­a­tors.

Yes­ter­day, those who ply the 3D routes, trav­el­ling to the air­port, pumped the brakes on work be­cause they were un­happy with lane as­sign­ments in the justopened fa­cil­ity.

Just af­ter 11 a.m., they were asked to leave the ter­mi­nal by po­lice af­ter they had de­cided to park their ve­hi­cles. They lined up along Nurs­ery Drive and vented their frus­tra­tions.

A few other op­er­a­tors from other routes joined in sol­i­dar­ity af­ter agree­ing that the as­sign­ment of lanes was a se­ri­ous is­sue that needed rec­ti­fy­ing.

Fabian Whar­ton, who spoke on the be­half of the 3D folk, said the lane as­sign­ments had placed them at a se­ri­ous dis­ad­van­tage, so they de­cided to park un­til they had a meet­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Trans­port Author­ity.

Buses load­ing

“You have the Sam Lord’s Cas­tle buses load­ing right next to the 3D. So if a per­son would usu­ally get a 3D van and go to the air­port and con­nect on an­other ve­hi­cle to get to wher­ever they are go­ing to, they aren’t go­ing to do that now be­cause they see the Sam Lord’s Cas­tle and they will get out the 3D. So you have a sit­u­a­tion where a 3D van has in eight or nine peo­ple, they would get out and then we end up with none,” he ex­plained.

Whar­ton said he recog­nised the is­sue last Satur­day at the of­fi­cial open­ing and was dis­ap­pointed to see noth­ing had changed.

“I spoke to the direc­tor about it and he told me they would look at ev­ery­thing, and then relook for the be­gin­ning of the school term and then they would make some changes. But I have seen no changes at all. I would have sent mes­sages to the pow­ers that be hop­ing that they would take a look at it, be­cause the guys are gen­uinely con­cerned,” he said.

Whar­ton warned they would re­main parked un­til they had a meet­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Trans­port Author­ity.

“All we want is some­one to hear us out. All they have to do is some switch­ing with the lanes; that’s where the con­cern is.”

Lane ad­just­ment

Chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Trans­port Op­er­a­tors, Mor­ris Lee, who met briefly with the op­er­a­tors out­side the ter­mi­nal, said what was needed was an ad­just­ment in lane as­sign­ments.

“All it re­ally re­quires is the switch­ing of one lane so they would be more vis­i­ble, be­cause es­sen­tially the com­muters they usu­ally move can’t see them be­cause of where they are lo­cated. A shift is all that’s needed. I be­lieve that would go a long way in solv­ing the prob­lem rather than cre­at­ing contention,” he added.

Lee noted the is­sues be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced were ex­pected with any new fa­cil­ity.

“In any new roll-out you would have is­sues. The ob­jec­tive is to iron out the is­sues and to make the tran­si­tion as smooth as pos­si­ble.”

When con­tacted last night, chair­man of the Trans­port Author­ity, Ian Es­t­wick, said they were look­ing into the mat­ter.

FABIAN WHAR­TON (front right) and other PSV op­er­a­tors vent­ing their frus­tra­tions to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Trans­port Author­ity.

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