Code of conduct to improve quality of transportation

– a step in the right direction

– code to improve hospitality and decorum within public transportation sector

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 16, 2019

With the objective to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of public transportation in Guyana, the Ministry of Business, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana National Road Safety Council and the United Minibus Union, on Thursday, launched a code of conduct for minibus operators and other personnel.

Addressing those gathered for the official launch, Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin said it is necessary as a government to facilitate a collaborative approach with the aim to tidy up the transportation sector.

“Deep down inside we all know the minibus sector has not been performing optimally. Hence, the drafting, the signing, publishing and the dissemination of the code of conduct is only the first step in a very long process, the process of reforming a sector,” Minister Gaskin said.

Traffic Chief, Linden Isles said the initiative is a step in the right direction and highlighted the fact through the implementation of the code of conduct, persons who will be entering the sector for the first time will receive the necessary training from the Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Department.

“There is a section in the Code of Conduct that allows for training. The Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Department will train those persons involved in operating minibuses, especially those persons who will be entering for the first time into the field.”

Head of the Department of Consumers Affairs, attached to the Ministry of Business, Muriel Tinnis-Duke said the content of the code of conduct will address issues such as road safety, decorum, hospitality and education among other aspects.

“Businesses and visitors all benefit from transportation. This sector sustains the mobility of the working class unable to afford their own vehicles,” Tinnis-Duke underscored.

Ayana George

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