Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Transport Authority shocked by 'strike', praises PSVs that worked

PSVs parked at NUPW in Dalkeith during the strike last week, January 2, 2019. (FILE)

PSVs parked at NUPW in Dalkeith during the strike last week, January 2, 2019. (FILE)

With a sit down scheduled between the Barbados Transport Authority and the public service vehicle (PSV) operators tomorrow, today's 'strike action' took the authorities by surprise.

 

In a statement issued this morning, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, on the move by some PSV owners and drivers, Chairman of The Transport Authority, Ian Estwick said:

“We are very surprised by the action taken today as we agreed to sit down on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 to hear the operators’ issues.

"As the regulatory body our remit is with the permit holders. We are sensitive to the representation made to us and, therefore, agreed to meet with the newly formed group. I know that at this time it’s a very emotionally charged climate with pressing issues. However, it is through listening that issues can be resolved and not through emotional responses. We are prepared to sit and have reasoned discussions with the new group."

Beyond discussion at the table, he also reiterated that solutions take time.

"As I have said repeatedly since assuming the chairmanship of this Board, we cannot fix overnight all the problems that have existed for decades.

"As a regulatory body – we do not make the laws; we issue permits based on the laws and regulations that govern the acceptance of the permits. Where there is room for us to compromise in areas that will lead to a better service, we are willing to listen and act but at the same time it has to be understood that we cannot and will not compromise in areas that will affect the safety and security of our travelling public and other road users.”

On the other hand, to those who continued to ply their trade today servicing the island's commuters, the Authority's statement added, "We want to commend those owners/operators who have not withheld their services and thank them for their support in the interest of the travelling public."

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