Government will be cracking down on those who habitually flout the island’s traffic laws, and Transport Minister Michael Lashley said yesterday that he has public service vehicle operators in his sights.
Addressing a Barbados Road Safety Association church service marking World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on Country Road, Lashley pointed out that PSV operators play music in their buses though there is a law against it.
Contrary the norm in Barbados for many PSV drivers to play music in their vehicles while transporting passengers, Lashley said to much applause, “the Road Traffic Act in its present form rules out the playing of music on public service vehicles”.
“There is a law. It means that we have to enforce these laws,” he added, citing Section 44 of the regulations.
Lashley’s reminder that this law already exists comes against a backdrop of him presenting to Parliament last Tuesday a Bill with comprehensive changes to the Road Traffic Act as it exists now.
He however made clear at the church service yesterday that his proposed amendments do not affect the already existing Section 44 of the regulations.
The Minister bemoaned what he sees as “the creation now of a Barbadian that believes that he can disrespect authority, disrespect the institutions that we’ve built so far, values and principles enshrined in our constitution, and values that we were taught not only by church but schools and families and persons in the communities and that it is all well and fine, that there is no law, there is nobody that can stop them”.