Concerned for passengers who use public transportation
I am very much concerned for the safety and rights of passengers who use minibuses as a means of transportation, as my wife Jermin Abrams (Clarke) is now nursing a broken arm due to an accident between a minibus and a hire car at the (Camp Ayanganna) Vlissengen Road/Thomas Lands intersection.
This accident occurred on Saturday 7th November and was reported in the Kaieteur News of Sunday November 8th. What was upsetting to learn after the accident was that the driver of the bus was unlicensed and more distressing is that as such passengers have no claim from vehicle insurance companies.
My point is that the onus must be on the owner of any vehicle in public transportation to ensure that the driver is licenced.
It is my opinion that at this time a countrywide rigid campaign should be mounted by the Police Traffic Department in conjunction with the GRA to examine and authenticate all drivers’ licences.
My other point is that there should be a conference between vehicle insurance companies and the competent authority to examine this insurance issue.
Insurance companies are in the business of serving and because a bus driver was unlicenced passengers have no claims?
Isn’t this tantamount to telling a passenger to confirm that the driver is licenced before entering the vehicle?
I would be grateful if your newspaper can follow up and expand on this sour issue on behalf of the travelling commuters