PSV drivers fed up with rogue
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.