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buses were the parts of which PTSC
were in short supply.
Among them were injectors and
"In any industry globally you may
have a bus down. There is a part needed
that I have ordered but there is a bus
that is parked up there awaiting major
repairs and I need a small part to get
the bus that is down out to move hun-
dreds of commuters out.
"That is the norm in the industry.
I borrow the part of that bus so the
other bus would come out (be repaired).
But to make a categorical statement
that PTSC uses old parts on its buses,
that is not true. One thing PTSC does
not do is chinks with buying parts,"
The unavailability of foreign exchange
Forde admitted has been causing some
delay in purchasing parts from China
Once an order was placed for a major
part from the buses manufacturers,
Forde said it would take around six to
eight weeks to get here.
Small parts were purchased from
over 100 local service providers, Forde
said, while showing wads of bills of
parts that had been purchased.
He said some of the setbacks PTSC
had been faced with was the ages of
its buses, some of which were 24 years
old. The average age of a PTSC fleet,
Forde added was 11 years.
"International benchmark is six
years," he said.
Forde admitted that PTSC was look-
ing to get out of its hands bus parts
that were no longer in use.
"Many of the buses had become
obsolete. The board is looking at a way
to dispose of the parts. If we can secure
somebody who still uses those buses
in the region or internationally we
would sell them the parts," he said.
He revealed that Cabinet had
approved a bus rationalisation pro-
gramme for its fleet.
Instead of using 27 models of buses,
PTSC wanted to have on its fleet only
four types, he said.
"There is no other country in
the world that you can find that
(27 models). How it got there I
don t know. I came and met it so.
It makes no sense," he added.
Currently, Forde said, procuring
parts was a nightmare while stock-
ing and managing thousand of
parts for the different types of
buses were a recipe for disaster.
He said PTSC was in the process
of refurbishing and rationalising
its fleet to make the organisation
Forde said people were going
out of their way to pull down
PTSC s name.
"They relish and love that. What
they should be talking about is the
pilferage going on inside here. Only
this morning they took out some
of the windows from a small bus.
A battery was also stolen. I now
have to put mechanisms in place
by fabricating wrought iron cages
to lock down the batteries," he said.
Questioned how long the steal-
ing has been occurring, Forde said
for a while, but said that it had to
"PTSC is now in the processing
of obtaining security cameras for
all our facilities. That should cur-
tail it in a big way," he said. The
cameras are expected to cost
PTSC over $1 million.
The thieves, Forde said, have
a preference for tyres, small bat-
teries and turbo chargers.
A few months aback, Forde
said, a driver and mechanic in
South were caught carting away
batteries while another employee
was found tampering with a bill
to embellish the price of items.
"As long as we catch you that
is it. We make sure you have a
fair trial and we get you out of
the operation," he said.
Despite a high visibility of secu-
rity officers at entry and exits
points, the stealing still occurs.
Questioned if PTSC was look-
ing to reduce its staff and man-
agers, Forde was unable to say.
"We are in the process of con-
ducting a manpower audit to
ensure what the taxpayers are
paying for they get value for
"The audit, which has already
been approved by the board, will
go out for tender. The only shake-
up I would like to see in PTSC is
better exchange with labour for
money," he said.
Forde said the appraisal of all
employees would be looked at.
In going forward, Forde said the
acquisition of 70 CNG buses,
which is expected to cost upward
of $40 million, would help
improve PTSC s service.
He said PTSC had also awarded
a contract to a Venezuela company
to refurbish eight articulated buses
which were down.
Manager: Larceny a big problem at PTSC
From Page A8
Ghanian-born, Yaw Akyi, who is employed as a mechanic at PTSC.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
What they should be talking
about is the pilferage going on
inside here. Only this morning
they took out some of the
windows from a small bus. A
battery was also stolen. I now
have to put mechanisms in place
by fabricating wrought iron
cages to lock down the batteries.
PTSC is now in the processing of
obtaining security cameras for all
our facilities. That should curtail
PTSC General manager
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