The cries of privately owned public service vehicle (PSV) operators for duty-free concessions will be heard, but only if they invest in vehicles that run on clean alternative energy.
This is one of the promises contained in the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) manifesto, which was launched at Kingsland, Christ Church tonight.
The revelation came from BLP candidate for St Philip South Indar Weir, who broke down one of the seven pillars of the manifesto entitled, Protecting and preserving the environment. Weir explained that PSV’s would be given incentives in order to fast-track plans for making Barbados 100 per cent green and carbon free by the year 2030.
“We will give duty-free concessions to PSV operators to import vehicles powered by clean energy and alternative fuels,” said Weir, who also announced that all Government vehicles and street lights would be running on clean energy by 2025, should the BLP be elected to office come May 24.
“We intend that by 2030 to transform Barbados to be the first 100 per cent green and carbon natural island . . . . Barbados must stand out as a beacon to referred to as a gem of the Caribbean,” Weir said to loud applause.
He also told the massive crowd of BLP supporters that homeowners and commercial property owners would be given incentives to switch to green energy.
However, the St Philip South candidate did not go into detail about the nature or cost of the environmental incentives that the BLP intends to roll out if given the reins of Government.
The environmental pillar also speaks to bolstering food security by providing fisher folk with opportunities to own state-of-the-art equipment. There is also a pledge to provide fishermen with rent-to-own boat loans.
Plans were also announced to create more berths for fishing vessels while single-use plastics and Styrofoam are to be banned if the BLP forms the next Government.