Transport Authority warns PPV operators to stop overcharging fares

Friday, September 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Transport Authority is warning public passenger vehicle operators that they should immediately desist from the practice of overcharging commuters' fares for use of public transportation across the island.

The authority, in a release today, said it has received complaints from the commuting public that PPV operators are insisting commuters pay more than the approved fares, particularly in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) and Old Harbour, St Catherine.

The Transport Authority warned that its operations teams will be monitoring this situation closely and operators found to be “unlawfully deceiving passengers as to the fare for a journey” will be prosecuted under regulation 129 (d) of the Road Traffic Regulations.

“In the meantime, the commuting public is reminded that one of the dangers of using unlicensed public passenger vehicles is that these operators often charge exorbitant fares, as has been reported is the current practice in Prosper and Golden Grove in Hanover,” the authority said.

With the Public Transport Liberalisation Pilot launched by Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague on Monday, unlicensed operators can now apply for a road licence to ply a number of routes islandwide.

In instances where there are routes that may not be covered under the pilot, the communities or operators may contact the authority so that the necessary steps can be taken to increase the availability of licensed transportation services, the authority said.

It is reminding the commuting public to use licensed public transport vehicles, which display red public passenger vehicle plates and the light blue Transport Authority sticker on the windshield with expiration dates of 2019 and onwards.
Commuters may also report incidents of overcharging through the authority's toll-free line at 1-888-991-5687 by providing the licence plate numbers and the routes for the vehicles.

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