Bhuttu in uniform, still...

Friday, February 15, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The Minister of Transport and Mining Robert “Bobby” Montague has stated his intention to have all public passenger vehicle drivers wear uniforms as a means of bringing order to the transport sector. I applaud him for that, but wonder if his thinking of order includes improved or better driving habits.

If that is the case, then I humbly suggest that having these drivers put on a uniform will not in any way, shape or form cause them to drive any better on our roads.

Recalling the late Professor Rex Nettleford's comment, “A bhuttu in a Benz is still a bhuttu,” in a similar context a bad taxi driver will not change to become a better one now that you have put him in uniform.

I am of the view that there is a specific culture associated with taxi drivers; therefore, regulations will not change that; it must be innate.

If they cannot see a passenger as being more than a fare or having regard for other road users, then they will not change.

Having more police officers on the roads is a start, but then again, will they prosecute a driver of a vehicle their “squaddie” owns? I don't think so.

Sylvester E Anderson JP

Kingston 19

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