JLP supporters show no respect for public

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Jamaican people love to party, and political parties seem to be their favourite as they get to journey on buses courtesy of their beloved Members of Parliament to the annual anniversary conferences each year.

With flags floating through car windows, this past Sunday, also on top of Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses — which I've never seen happen before — the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) diehards travelled along Washington Boulevard shouting and being general nuisances showing off their colours as they headed to the National Arena.

I have to put these questions to our prime minister and leader of the JLP, Andrew Holness: Why do we need to spend money to get people to a conference year after year? And why do you need to use the JUTC buses when the party supporters have no respect for public property?

On my journey home from church on Sunday, on reaching the Molynes Road/Washington Boulevard intersection, the buses travelling in a convoy were being driven at break-neck speed across the intersection, forcing other drivers to swerve to avoid being hit. Members of the convoy were all driving that way to keep up with each other and to get through before the lights changed. It was really scary seeing people swaying while hanging out the windows and the 'sunroof' (for want of a better description). I didn't know the JUTC buses had openings on the roof to accommodate bodies!

Yet the JUTC is always reporting a shortage of buses and lack of spare parts to repair damaged vehicles.

Please, Mr Prime Minister, next year let them travel at their own expense, just like when they are travelling to Kingston to visit the passport office or the Embassy to get a visa. They will wake up and leave out early enough to get to the Arena, trust me.

I was also surprised that it was the JUTC bus drivers behaving in that manner, as I was only accustomed to seeing the coaster buses driving recklessly with people's bodies hanging out.

All that excitement is unnecessary. Let us try to do better.

A taxpaying citizen of Jamaica

Kingston 20

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