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JUTC to be brought before parliamentary committee
2013-08-20 09:54:50 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio
Chairman of the Economy and Production Committee of Parliament, Karl Samuda, says officials of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be called before that body to reveal what strategy the bus company has in place to ensure its viability.
The move follows yesterday s announcement of a 25 per cent fare increase for the bus company and other public passenger operators.
Samuda, who is also the opposition spokesman on Transport and Works, says the decision to hike fares should have been aired fully in the parliament before an increase was granted.
He is repeating his call for a full audit of the state run bus company in light of yesterday’s announcement by the Transport and Works Minister Dr. Omar Davies.
Samuda says members of the public need to know the basis on which an increase was granted.
According to Samuda, the bus company does not have enough buses on the road to be economically viable.
He points out that up to 60 per cent of the new and up to 40 per cent of the old buses are out of operation.
Samuda says the current leadership of the JUTC has not displayed the aptitude to instil confidence that they will be able to turn the bus company around.
Samuda believes an increase for other bus and taxi operators is more justifiable than a hike for the state run bus company.
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