Thursday 22 October, 2020

Transport Ministry looking to make the future a green one

Participant in the SJPI EV Maintenance Fundamentals programme offers assistance during a technical demonstration.

Participant in the SJPI EV Maintenance Fundamentals programme offers assistance during a technical demonstration.

After acquiring a new fleet of 33 electric vehicles on Thursday, Government is looking towards further investments in the renewable energy sector. 

 

Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr William Duguid made it clear at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) that Government is fully invested in training initiatives and partnerships as the country seeks to achieve its goal of being 100 per cent renewable by 2030. 

"With the implementation of the Barbados National Energy Policy, the Government of Barbados has signaled its commitment to saving our environment by using as much as possible clean and renewable energy," he remarked.

This announcement was made during the graduation ceremony for the Electronic Vehicle (EV) Maintenance Fundamentals Course. Twelve participants from the Transport Board Quality Assurance and the Barbados Light and Power received their certification on July 8. 


The Transport Minister thanked the participants for their involvement in the programme.

“This certification clearly shows my government’s commitment to training and to vehicle electrification in Barbados as a whole, you now have the signal honour of probably being the first quality control team in CARICOM to be trained in EV Maintenance Fundamentals."

"I implore you to use this training to ensure that the Transport Board’s electric fleet is well maintained in order to ensure that commuters are provided with safe, reliable and efficient public transport.  It is also your duty to pass on the relevant knowledge to your colleague drivers to ensure that they fully understand the dynamics of driving an electric bus,”  Duguid stated.

The joint initiative saw participants undergo 30 hours of training over two weeks, with a further focus on expanding the Course in the coming semester.

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