The owners of public service vehicles expect an impact on their operations when the new electric buses recently imported into Barbados, go into service.
Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport, Roy Raphael anticipates commuters will initially be attracted by the novelty of the vehicles.
He says beyond that, the sector has to consider government’s requirement that 50 percent of buses have to be fossil fuel free by 2025.
And to meet this standard, he says the sector will continue to request help from the government.
Mr Raphael acknowledges the switch from fossil fuel vehicles could be too much for some operators, who could end up going out of business.
He says however, they are exploring a number of possibilities that would have a less severe impact on the industry, which also includes the island’s taxis and hired cars.