Monday 19 November, 2018

UPDATE: Police, PSV operator incident being investigated

New River Terminal being completed

New River Terminal being completed

An altercation involving a police officer and a public service vehicle (PSV) operator was recorded and is making rounds on social media today.

The video has led leaders of the two PSV organisations to call for investigations into the matter with haste.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) Alliance Owners of Public Transport, Mark Haynes told Loop News, “At this time we are going to launch our own investigation into the matter.”

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However, he said against the backdrop, they are also requesting that the Commissioner of Police launches his own investigation into it “and we’re going to make an effort to meet with him so that we can discuss all of the problems relating to the safety of passengers as well as of the workers in the River Bus Terminal.”

With persons saying that tensions are high in the River Van Stand today since the video went viral, he said, “We take no comfort at all given what we have seen and we do not wish to have this kind of tension between the police and the workers.

“We welcome the police presence, and we are still calling on our members, workers to behave nicely and to cooperate with the police in the execution of their duties.”

And he repeated, “But given the recent situation we believe that an investigation has to be launched. We got to have our own investigation and we’re calling on the Commissioner of Police to launch his own investigation, and against all this we will meet to iron out all the issues.”

In terms of when the incident actually happened, Haynes said that the “details still sketchy”.

Morris Lee, Head of the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) said, “You have to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.”

When Loop News reached out to the Police Public Relations Officer, Acting Inspector, Rodney Inniss, he said, “We need to carry out investigations of such matters.”

Asked about the inclusion of a police outpost in the River Terminal when the new facility is completed, which is what was said previously by the Minister of Transport, Michael Lashley, Inniss said there is a plan for “an accommodation at the new Constitution River Terminal”.

When Loop visited the terminal, it was observed that the rails are being erected to ensure proper queueing for buses and the building was being painted.

In regard to when exactly the incident happened, and if a complaint was filed, Inniss was not in a position to say at the moment.

In the video other PSV operators and members of the Police Force rushed forward to try to part the operator and officer and de-escalate the situation.

 

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