The government has purchased 16 new buses which are all equipped with security cameras however it is “cost prohibitive to install security cameras in the older buses that are not equipped for them,” Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell said today.
The Minister’s statement follows after Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott said that it may be time to “consider the cost and benefits of retrofitting the buses and ferries with security cameras, in addition to provide a monitoring service for them, in the interest of keeping all modes of public transportation safe.”
In response, Minister Crockwell said: “I am always concerned and disturbed by incidents of violence on our public buses, they are unacceptable and measures to improve safety and security have been taken.
“The safety of our bus operators and our passengers is a priority at the Department of Public Transportation and we will continue to take measures to improve their safety and security.”
“The OBA government has purchased 16 new buses which are all equipped with security cameras and the Department of Public Transportation is expecting delivery of four additional new buses in 2016.
“However, we have been advised that it is simply to cost prohibitive to install security cameras in the older buses that are not equipped for them.”