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Passengers advised to look out for own safety
Director of the Caribbean Academy of Driving Excellence, Junior Jordan, is urging the travelling public to take more of an active role in trying to ensure their safety on public transportation.
He pointed out that persons must be observant when choosing which public service vehicle to travel in by avoiding those drivers engaging in risky behaviours.
“If you get into a minibus or ZR, and that driver is driving while reading messages on his cell phone, you have the right to tell him to desist from that practice because he is putting you and the lives of the rest of passengers at risk. If he doesn’t, you should simply get off at the next bus stop and wait for another van,” he stressed.
Jordan also stated that it was necessary to check the shoes of the driver.
“The regulations are that you are not to wear slip-ons, sandals or slippers. They are actually required to wear boots or enclosed shoes,” he said, adding that this would reduce any chance of shoes becoming caught up in the pedals.
According to him, PSV drivers must recognise that their main aim should be to get members of the public safely to and from their destinations.
“Drivers have a responsibility to their passengers, and passengers too have a responsibility to ensure that they do not travel with drivers who seem averse to following the law,” he stressed.
Speaking on worrying actions being performed by PSV drivers, Jordan reminded them that it was an offence to willfully block the flow of traffic in either letting off or waiting for passengers to board.
“Then we have those conductors who come out and block traffic so that the PSV can come out of a gap. This is also offence and these individuals need to stop to it,” he remarked.