Thursday 20 September, 2018

PSVs not picking political sides

(FILE)

(FILE)

Minibuses will be used to shuttle supporters to and from two big political events on National Heroes Day.

Members of the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) have been in talks with both the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to provide service tomorrow, April 28, 2018.

Word of this came from the President of APTO, Morris Lee, who told Loop News:

"The Opposition Barbados Labour Party has engaged the services of a reasonably significant amount of our members, but equally, the ruling Democratic Labour Party has also entered into arrangements with a significant amount of members as well. I believe they [the DLP] have events in Dash Valley and so on.

"So essentially, both political parties have strongly relied on the PSV complement to move people to these events on Heroes Day."

The BLP's excursion is going to the Ermy Bourne Highway, in the vicinity of Barclay's Park, St. Andrew.

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Therefore, he affirmed, "we have some PSV operators who will obviously be celebrating with Grantley Adams' family at the East Coast, and there're others [who] will be celebrating with the Errol Barrow family in St. George."

However, he assured commuters who will be seeking to conduct business and get from point A to point B around the island outside of to the two aforementioned political events, "There is a significant amount yet who have not sought engagement from either of the parties, because their preference is to service routes, given the inability of the Transport Board to do so because of the low volume of vehicles that they have in stock at the present moment." 

Lee also shared that in terms of the vehicles being commisioned by the parties, they are mainly the minibuses. "What has been asked of us does not include route taxis, the smaller vans, only the larger vehicles because of the anticipated volume."

Lee's clarification came after the BLP candidate for St. Andrew, George Payne, was in another section of the media earlier this week complaining about a lack of a timely response from the Transport Board leading them to seek the services of the private operators for the annual picnic.