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Older PSV drivers

Trevor Yearwood

Older PSV drivers

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Government is raising the minimum age for public service vehicle (PSV) drivers to 25 years.

The change is among amendments to legislation which Parliament is expected to debate later in the year.

The changes will also provide for more frequent roadworthiness inspections of PSVs and suspension of permits in cases where there are defects.

Minister of Transport Michael Lashley made the disclosures yesterday evening when the Transport Authority hosted a meeting with the holders of PSV permits at Combermere School.

He indicated that planned legislative changes, including provision for breathalyser testing and a crackdown on texting while driving, were meant to improve the delivery of service across the entire sector.

At the moment several people under age 25 are driving PSVs, but Lashley told the meeting: “The minimum age for PSV drivers would be 25 years of age and all PSV drivers would be required to have at least four years’ driving experience.”