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JUTC extends sub-franchise licenses to KMTR private operators
2013-10-01 13:06:56 | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Dr Garnett Roper - File
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is extending for another six months, sub-franchise licences for existing private transport operators plying routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).
Chairman of the state-owned company, Dr Garnett Roper says at the end of the extension period in March next year, the franchise system will be phased out.
At present 37 JUTC routes are supplemented or fully replaced by private operators.
Roper explains that the bus company is aggressively moving to reclaim many of its routes but has to give sufficient time to private operators given the implications for their economic viability.
In August, the company gave notice that it would be moving to reclaim its routes to maximise on its earnings.
Under the sub-franchise licences, private operators pay the JUTC per seat in order to operate on the KMTR routes.
Roper says the company will have to assess routes the JUTC does not serve including Portmore to Spanish Town and Waterhouse and Maxfield Avenue due to violence and vandalism.
Head of the Police Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis says he hopes the JUTC will insist on obtaining records of drivers who will be operating on the routes.
He says the company should place greater emphasis on this in light of the three-vehicle collision which claimed the lives of four students of the Holmwood Technical high school in Manchester last week.
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