Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Violence on PSVs is not a PSV problem

Public service vehicles parked in the Constitution River Terminal (FILE)

Public service vehicles parked in the Constitution River Terminal (FILE)

"Drive straight to the nearest police station!"

Public service vehicle (PSV) operators are this week being given another directive as it relates to handling violence by passengers.

This advice comes from Public Relations Officer of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT), Mark Haynes a few days after the Chair of the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO), Morris Lee called on his membership to adopt the policy of the Transport Board.

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Both organisations are calling for a zero tolerance approach to violence after some school children were recorded in a physical and verbal altercation along South Coast. The incident occurred when a Route taxi stopped at the bus stop along Hastings Main Road in Christ Church.

Haynes advised that “If they [the PSV] have a conductor, try to diffuse the situation, try to separate the youngsters.” He said that the conduct does not “augur well for the youngsters and their schools”.

And Haynes urged the PSV operators not to spur on the offenders.

However, like his colleague Lee, Haynes too pointed out that “This whole question of violence is a societal problem. This is not a PSV problem. Some of these children even have behavioural problems.” He says that more needs to be done or “this bad behaviour will continue to manifest itself.”

Asked the question of compensation if the PSV is damaged during the incidents, Haynes said that he hoped it would not escalate and call for such but he said he wants PSV operators to “Call the police! It is a public disturbance. We hope things do not reach that point but the police are mandated to maintain law and order.”


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