A dress code for Public Service Vehicle (PSV) workers is now in effect and Minister of Public Works and Transport Michael Lashley has indicated that police and transport officials will be ensuring they comply.
Those who do not wear the short sleeve shirts and long black pants – or knee-length skirts in the case of women – can be prosecuted if they do not fall in line.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the River Road Terminal today, most of the personnel interviewed supported enforcement of the dress code.
Many of them wore the grey polo shirt with PSV emblazoned on the left breast, along with black pants, while others wore yellow shirts and black or blue pants.
ZR driver Barry Ward, who plies the Howell’s X Road, St Michael, route said: “I think the idea is a good one. I do not have any problems with the dress code. The shirts have me comfortable. It allows me to save my clothes and it has me looking decent. You can either have the PSV emblem printed on the polo shirt or you can use your Route Taxi badge. The crew members definitely look a lot more tidy.”
ZR driver Michael Maynard expressed similar sentiments.
However, he said while the introduction of uniforms was “a forward step”, adequate facilities were needed in the terminal.
“For example, the rain has just fallen and the parking area is already a swamp. There are no pipes in the stand,” he said this afternoon. ZR conductor Deone Gittens agreed with the need for improved facilities.
“I have been working on route taxis for the past four years and whenever it rains the parking area is flooded,” he said.