Move to get pirates off road
GOVERNMENT IS getting ready to launch an operation against “pirate” buses and other problems associated with public service transport.
Operation Take Back will roll out “in a few weeks”, targeting pirate vehicles and buses whose owners have not met their insurance and road tax payments, according to Minister of Transport Michael Lashley.
Government would be cooperating with the Transport Authority, the police and the insurance industry in the project, Lashley said.
He was addressing the graduating class of a Barbados Community College (BCC) training programme for taxi and tour bus operators Friday evening at the BCC.
He told the gathering that some “tough penalties” were also coming as part of the amendments planned for the Road Traffic Act.
Both Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and BCC principal Dr Gladstone Best underscored the importance of passenger transport service operators learning a foreign language following their exposure to the basics of Spanish, French and German during the course.
Best said he would like to see taxi and tour bus operators become multilingual or at least bilingual, suggesting that they return to the college with a view to becoming fluent in a foreign language.
He urged the class of 2013 to “push the learning that you have got to the next level”.
Sealy said learning a foreign language was important, given the fact that the non-traditional tourism source markets Barbados was pursuing – including Brazil and Scandinavia – did not have English as the primary language.
He urged the 73 people graduating from the course to continue their self-development.
Speaking on behalf of the class, Michael Alleyne of Global Vacations underscored the importance of taxi and tour bus operators being “properly attired”. He said the short trousers and slippers were definitely out.
He also said he was not interested in providing work for people who did not participate in the training programme.