Commuters in the north of the island were forced to rely on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) this morning, following a sickout by drivers at the Transport Board.
But it did not seem to have much of an impact, as they were enough PSVs to get the residents of St Peter, St Lucy and St James to their various destinations.
One PSV operator who declined to give his name said he was thankful for the increase in business.
“I don’t think the sickout really affect anyone because when they can’t get the Transport Board bus they still have us here,” he said.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited the bus terminal in Speightstown just before 9 a.m., no buses were at their stations. However, in the time spent there, two buses left – one heading to Oistins and the other to the ABC Highway.
A few commuters were sitting in the terminal but they declined to comment.
Early this morning, general manager at the Transport Board, Sandra Forde reported that fewer than 20 of the more than 100 buses that were due to operate from 4:30 a.m. were on the road, noting that the north was severely affected because of the action.
“We haven’t had any buses leaving our Speightstown depot or our Mangrove depot, so the majority of the buses are leaving Weymouth to more or less traverse the entire island,” she said.