“Our minibuses are badly designed. They are difficult to control and are far too unstable for a vehicle transporting our loved ones.”
Another minibus driver loses control – “5 critical, 4 severe”
Can the Barbados government deny the truth any longer? Our minibuses are poorly engineered, top-heavy death traps that are inherently unstable even when only half full.
How many more similar accidents do we need to see before we do something to correct the problem? How many more dead and injured will it require?
“Another day, another horrific traffic accident with lives, faces and families ruined.
You’re looking at an overturned minibus on Pinders Bottom Main Road in St. George. Thirty seven people hurt with 5 critically injured.”
From the March 15, 2012 BFP story Another mass casualty bus accident: 37 injured, 5 critical
The minibuses are involved in way too many tip-overs, but even when they stay on their wheels they sway badly and the drivers often struggle to maintain control. You see it happening! How often have you seen minibuses veer over the road center? It’s an everyday happening and so common that drivers know to keep an eye on an oncoming minibus and move over a little bit just in case something happens.
How many minibus accidents are caused by the poor handling, even if the bus doesn’t tip over? I’d bet there are plenty. Yes, speed and recklessness are factors as is poor maintenance – but speed and maintenance alone cannot account for the slaughter. There is something wrong with the buses.
In aviation, there comes a time when you have to stop blaming the pilots and start blaming a bad airplane.
Airplanes like the Mitsubishi MU2, Ted Smith Aerostar, Lake Amphibian and the Piper Twin Comanche aren’t called ‘widow-maker’ for no reason. They are too much to handle for the normal pilot. Lots of folks will say they are fine aircraft if flown correctly, but if you compare the accident rate per hours flown you’ll see that each of them is off the scale. Give all the excuses you like – talk about factors like bush flying and older aircraft and maintenance problems and whatever you like: some aircraft are just born bad. The insurance rates say everything! (Consider the hot little Aerostar that crashes at three times the rate of similar twins. What do you think that does to your insurance?)
Our minibuses are badly designed. They are difficult to control and are far too unstable for a vehicle transporting our loved ones.
But the bank is empty, and we can’t even afford to repair the minibuses we have let alone replace them.
So it has come to this: we have dangerous, under maintained buses and there’s not a thing we can do about it thanks to our so-called leaders over the last 20 years.
Barbados Today – Breaking: 18 injured as minibus overturns
Nation News – QEH statement on mass casualty
November 28, 2010 – Barbados road deaths: 240% higher rate than UK
August 17, 2010 – How many more have to die before Barbados gets modern breathalyzer laws?
July 30, 2007 – Tragedy At Joes River – Six Dead In Barbados Tour Bus Crash