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TRANSPORT MINISTER MEETS WITH TAXI OWNERS AND OPERATORS FOLLOWING ISLANDWIDE PROTESTS



MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND WORKS | 2018-11-29 11:13:00


Minister of Transport and Mining, Honourable Robert Montague, met with members of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) and the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue office.
The Transport Minister received alternative proposals to the amendments in the Road Traffic Act. He also agreed to have the technical team at the Ministry review the proposals, stating that they are subject to the consideration of all committees involved. This was in light of a letter from the associations to the Houses of Parliament suggesting that the current proposals are not viable. Of particular concern was the ticketing of the owners of motor vehicles which breach the road code.
The Minister, along with his technical team from the Transport Ministry, used the opportunity to clarify that the Bill proposes the use of photo enforcement cameras to capture violations in the absence of an officer of the law, where the driver cannot be identified. Only then will the ticket will be sent to the registered owner of that vehicle.
The Transport Ministry further clarified that these measures are part of the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to protect all road users, and not to hinder the business of Taxi Operators.
The associations agreed and committed to support measures by the government to purge the public transportation sector of the irresponsible members of the industry.




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