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TA refutes claim of $75-k fine for PPV badge infractions

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Transport Authority (TA) is refuting the claim made by several protesting taxi operators that the new Road Traffic Bill contains a $75,000 fine for failure to display a public passenger vehicle badge while operating.

The agency says the report should be dismissed as fake news.

Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan says matters related to the public transportation sector are being transferred from the Road Traffic Act to the Transport Authority Act, which is currently under review.

In the meantime, the authority says the current practice in the traffic courts is for the maximum fine levied for badge infractions to be $5,000.

As such, the Transport Authority is appealing to the protesting operators to let good sense prevail by discontinuing protests and resume orderly and lawful service to the commuting public.

Taxi operators in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Manchester and St Thomas have been withrawing their services since Monday, causing severe inconveniences to the public.

Chief among their concerns is the Government's plan to penalise motorists for road traffic breaches that are detected by traffic cameras and other electronic devices.

In instances where the driver of the motor vehicle cannot be identified, the owner of the vehicle will be held accountable.

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