PSV driv­ers fed up with rogue

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

Pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors along route 3D have made an of­fi­cial com­plaint against one of their own.

A let­ter signed by “Con­cerned Driv­ers” and sent to the Trans­port Au­thor­ity out­lined griev­ances some of these op­er­a­tors have with a par­tic­u­lar driver on that route.

“We, the driv­ers who op­er­ate on the Parish Land/ Fairy Val­ley/air­port route, are hereby in­form­ing of the un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour of the cap­tioned ZR driver. Over the past weeks, [he] has been con­stantly chas­tised by his fel­low co-work­ers of the reck­less and law­less be­hav­iour he is dis­play­ing to the pas­sen­gers and other road users,” the let­ter states.

The let­ter lists a se­ries of is­sues the op­er­a­tors have, such as: the driver turn­ing around in­side the lay-by in­stead of go­ing around the Tom Adams (air­port) Round­about; driv­ing across Martin­dales Road in­stead of trav­el­ling along River Road; and ver­bal al­ter­ca­tions with co-work­ers daily when con­fronted.

The op­er­a­tors said they ap­proached the owner of the ve­hi­cle to no avail as they said the owner told them they had no prob­lem with the driver who was earn­ing prof­its.

The let­ter ends: “As work­ers in this very vi­tal in­dus­try that is al­ready in dire need of re­form, we are re­spect­fully re­quest­ing that this mat­ter be given your ur­gent at­ten­tion in an ef­fort to curb these haz­ardous prac­tises.”

A Week­end Na­tion team vis­ited the Con­sti­tu­tion River Ter­mi­nal to speak to a few of the driv­ers along the 3D route on the mat­ter. Some had heard of the let­ter and agreed with it while some thought it was un­nec­es­sary.

“You done know ev­ery­body does their fair share [of non­sense] when they ready. [The driver] ac­tu­ally ask me if I had heard about the let­ter but I haven’t seen it. I don’t have no prob­lems with no­body – they got other peo­ple do­ing the same thing but them ain’t get­ting vic­timise,” one driver said.

An­other said there were some driv­ers who took things too far, in­di­cat­ing the driver in ques­tion was one of them.

“They got peo­ple who come to work and peo­ple who take it to an­other level and [he] is one of them. I try to keep from ’round any­body who op­er­ate so. If you see men com­ing to­gether and do­ing a pe­ti­tion like that, then you would know things have gone to a cer­tain level,” he said.

Trans­port Au­thor­ity chair­man Ian Est­wick said he was not aware of the let­ter but now he knew, there was a process which would be fol­lowed.

“We have a process for deal­ing with mat­ters such as these. Once the com­plaint is made, it will be in­ves­ti­gated. It could then re­sult in a hear­ing where the com­plainant or com­plainants are usu­ally asked to at­tend in or­der to make the ac­cu­sa­tions,” he said.

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