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Montague urges PPV operators to invest in GPS trackers

Friday, November 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague, is urging owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPVs) to invest in global positioning system (GPS) trackers.

He added that a free taxi locator and safety application for smartphones are also being looked into by government, where Jamaicans will be able to access cab service online without having to call the taxi companies.

Addressing a Transportation Reform Proposal Consultation hosted by the Transport Authority at Hotel Four Seasons in St Andrew on Wednesday, Montague said the GPS trackers made it easier to pinpoint and recover stolen vehicles.

“A proposal that we have on the table is that all PPV-licensed operators must have a vehicle locator – a GPS locator fitted on their vehicle, and we want to ask the insurance companies and the banks to insist upon that with us,” he said.

“We are saying, fit a GPS locator on the vehicle, and we are putting together the standards of the locators. We are working to establish a geospatial map, so that we can locate every operator in the public passenger transport sector,” he added.

He noted that the GPS trackers can also help clear PPV operators who are falsely accused of wrongdoing.

In explaining the free taxi locator and safety application for smartphones Montague noted that in today's society, Jamaicans should be able to use their mobile devices to request taxi service. “[If] I'm at home and I call a cab, I should be able to see the cab… the cab number [and] to see how far the cab is away from me… We live in the modern age, and we need to bring the industry up to speed,” he said.

The aim of the Transportation Authority's consultation was to discuss the 16-point Transportation Reform Proposal, which was announced in May with the objective of reforming the public transportation system.

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