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Taxi groups submit petition to keep Portmore Route Taxi Association open

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A petition has reportedly been submitted to Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry to have the Portmore Route Taxi Association remain open after the Transport Authority delisted it for breaching the terms and conditions of its approval as a route taxi association .

The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), which said it joined the membership of the affected association and the National Association of Taxi Operators (NATO) in submitting the petition, said the breach that the Transport Authority reported does not constitute a delisting of the Portmore association.

As such, the groups are calling on the minister to instruct the Transport Authority to rescind its decision to close the association and for proper consultation to be done.

Yesterday, the Transport Authority said the association was delisted effective February 21. The decision followed a meeting, held with the president and another executive of the association, where issues surrounding the delisting were fully ventilated.

The Transport Authority did not disclose the issues surrounding the delisting but said that in order to minimise the inconvenience to licensees affiliated with the Portmore Route Taxi Association, it met and made arrangements with the presidents of five other route taxi associations operating in St Catherine to facilitate the processing of transactions for the affected licensees.




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