Today is 'Pump Watch Day'

A motorist fills up at a petrol station.

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closely monitor price movements at the island's petrol stations. Paulwell wants the consumers to observe whether the over $3 reduction for all types of fuel announced by Petrojam yesterday will be reflecte ... Read More

PHOTO: Crash!
This truck and taxi collided at the Half-Way-Tree Road/Beechwood Avenue intersection in Kingston 5 o ... Read More

Nick Lue Skunk Nation takes a stance
KINGSTON-BASED car club Skunk Nation will once again hold its annual charity event, Stancing for the ... Read More

Fatalities speed pass 300 mark
FOR a second consecutive year, the road fatalities speed pass the 300 mark. Toll currently stands at ... Read More

Drag season ends Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Action from a previous meet held at Vernamfield in Clarendon. (Observer File Photo)

Nestlé Supligen Drag Challenge number 5, put on by the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) and scheduled for December 14 at Vernamfield in Clarendon, is sure to be an action-packed finale to the drag racing season. "The crowd should be looking for close, exciting racing," Stephen Gunter, NDRC executive member, told Auto. The close racing will be generated by the fact that a large majority of the class championships have yet to be decided, putting all competitors in 'do or die' mode. Ac ... Read More

ATL Automotive hosts model year-end sale

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Range Rover

ATL Automotive Limited has joined forces with First Heritage Co-operative (FHC) Credit Union to deliver the perfect trifecta to car buyers this Christmas. Dubbed 'Good things come in 3s', the promotion offers 100 per cent financing, 9.95 per cent interest rate and no monthly payments 'til February 2015. The only promotion of its kind, Good things come in 3s' is available on 2014 models ends on December 31, 2014. ATL Automotive is the exclusive local dealer of Honda, Volkswagen, Audi, Jaguar an ... Read More

Jackson waits

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Joel Jackson in action

After pleading his case at a steward's meeting on Wednesday, December 3, driver Joel Jackson awaits the decision that could see him named overall winner of Rally Jamaica 2014, which was staged from November 22 to 23. The bone of contention lies with a last-minute rule that allowed competitors to miss up to two stages each day and still considered within rally time. This caused Kyle Gregg, who drowned his car in a water splash on the very first stage, to limp through the first day and return on ... Read More

Jamaicans ready for ROC

BY Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, December 12, 2014    

An Audi R8

JAMAICAN drivers Jeffrey Panton and Doug 'Hollywood' Gore will be in action this weekend, December 13 -- 14, at the Race of Champions (ROC) to be held at Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados. Both men will have the chance to show off their skill, collectively and individually, with some big names in international motorsport, over the two days. "I looked back at some of the older ROC events to get an idea of how it works," Panton told Auto. The pair left the island on Wednesday ahead of the mandatory ... Read More

New head for Rent-A-Car board

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Jamaica Rent-A-Car board comprising (front, from left)
Diana Stewart, director; William McCalla, president; Rena
Forbes, vice-president; Michael DaCosta, vice-president;
and Garth McLeod, honorary secretary. (Back row, from left)
Wayne Stewart, honorary treasurer; Barrington Cole,
director; Henry Chin, director; Michael Campbell, immediate
past president; Patrick Small, director; and Michael
Hayman, director.

WILLIAM McCalla of Caribbean Car Rentals has been elected the new president of the Jamaica Rent-A-Car Association. He assumes the reins from Michael Campbell. The election took place at the group's 44th Annual General Meeting at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) office on Ardenne Road, recently. McCalla has served in this capacity twice: 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. McCalla said he was humbled by the confidence again placed in him my by members and I vowed reorganise and revitalise ... Read More

Road code

Friday, December 12, 2014    


Dear Editor, It seems that some motorists do not read or understand the Jamaican Driver's Guide, or maybe they do but they are just downright stubborn and refuse to obey traffic laws. Why am I saying this? Because when a pedestrian is travelling on a main road that leads to a junction, and is about to cross that intersection, the vehicle that is in the opposite direction ought to stop and wait until that pedestrian crosses over before pursuing on, because the pedestrian has the right of way. ... Read More


Friday, December 12, 2014    

ATL Automotive marketing and
promotions coordinator Natasha
Chang takes time from her duties
to pose for our shutterbug. N-neka Gammon
(left) and Gillian
Brown paused
for a sec from
their promotion of
Nankong and
Hankook tyres,

The National Area was transformed into a motor vehicle mecca with the recent staging of the Automobile Dealers' Association Motor Show. The biennial event brought out the best of Jamaica's new-car dealers as well as adorning patrons. Photos: Garfield Robinson and Rory Daley THE ADA ON SHOW --> Read More

NWA starts hot mix patching in St Elizabeth

Friday, December 12, 2014    

File photo shows NWA workers repairing a section of roadway.

The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced hot-mix patching on roads in sections of St Elizabeth. Patching will be carried out along the Tombstone to Gutters, Scotts Cove to Luana, and Luana to Tombstone corridors. The works are scheduled to last for three weeks and should be completed by December 30, the NWA said yesterday. The agency's community relations officer for the Southern Region, Howard Hendriks, said that the patching of these roadways will be done by one of the NWA's Force Acc ... Read More

Road Safety Unit makes appeal to motorcyclists

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

A policeman gets assistance in placing a motorcycle that was involved
in a crash Tuesday night in Kingston on a wrecker. Both the
motorcyclist and his pillion passenger were hospitalised. (JAMAICA

The Road Safety Unit has again appealed to motorcyclists and pillion passengers to wear helmets to protect themselves from injury and/or death in the event of a collision. The appeal comes against the death of two motorcyclists and a pillion passenger between last Friday and Sunday. The unit said none of the three was wearing a protective device (helmet). "All motorcyclists should wear motorcycle helmets which are required by law when operating a motorcycle to reduce the incidence of head inju ... Read More

Sandy Bay accident

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

TWO policemen escaped serious injury when their patrol car collided with a water truck in Sandy Bay, Clarendon about 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. "I was at the shop purchasing something when I heard the loud crash [and] when I looked out I saw the police vehicle under the truck," said one woman. Here police carry out investigations at the crash scene. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Sandy Bay accident --> Read More



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