In just under a month, all Public Service Vehicle (PSV) workers will have to stick to wearing a uniform if they want to keep their permits, and their grooming will also come under the microscope as the Transport Authority implements a uniform and dress code.
Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley says the purpose of the uniform – a cream or grey short-sleeved dress shirt and long black pants or skirt – is to “create a new public image, a new brand for these operators”.
“I have instructed the Transport Authority to implement a policy for the use of uniforms for the Minibus and Route Taxi drivers and conductors. The Authority has executed this instruction and the necessary information has been supplied to each operator. I expect that effective 7th April 2014 all minibus and route taxi operators will be attired in the appropriate uniforms,” Lashley said in a statement.
“We need to change the way business is conducted by minibus and route taxi operators. The new business approach must embrace a customer focused perspective. This is the first step in the right direction with the implementation of a formal dress code.”
Under the Uniform and Dress Code for Drivers and Conductors of routed, privately-owned PSVs, not only will workers be required to wear the specified tops and bottoms and ensure the shirts are tucked inside at all times, but they must wear enclosed black shoes or boots with socks. Sandals and slippers will not be permitted.
“It is mandatory that drivers and conductors be neat and well-groomed,” the code states.
“All forms of attire short fit comfortably, and be neither excessively tight nor excessively loose. When on duty, drivers and conductors must have their I.D. badges conspicuously displayed on the front of the shirt.”
The Transport Authority will have the right to suspend or revoke a permit for non-compliance with the uniform and dress code.