Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite believes law enforcement agencies should penalize owners of ZR vans in order to effectively stop the culture of recklessness on the road.
Speaking to reporters after officiating at a passing out parade for recruits of the Barbados Defence Force yesterday, the Minister of Home Affairs complained that for too long law enforcement had been taking action against drivers and conductors, who simply paid their fines and moved on.
However, he said the vehicle owners were left free to hire other persons to run their buses and fall back into the traditional style.
“I think that in many ways maybe we are putting the emphasis in the wrong place in terms of the drivers and conductors etc.
“That’s our fault, ours collectively, meaning as a country, because as long as I could remember, I’ve been hearing, or you have been hearing about this ZR culture, and it’s been allowed to continue, and the reason it has been allowed to continue is because we seem to be penalizing the wrong persons,” Brathwaite said.
“We penalize the drivers, they go and work for somebody else, and the owners get someone else to drive and not feel it in their pocket.
“I figure that is where we need to start. Begin and end with the owners, because if a guy can’t make money, the foolishness that goes on will come to an end, well at least will be substantially eradicated,” he added.
However, Brathwaite still wants to see bus drivers and conductors charged for flouting the law.
“It does annoy me when I see conductors come out on mornings and stop traffic, and drivers come down a long line and all the traffic blocked up, [go] around a roundabout incorrectly etc. Something really has to be done,” he said.