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Transport Authority warns against overcrowding on public passenger vehicles

Friday, October 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Transport Authority is condemning as illegal and inhumane what it says is the current practice of some public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators insisting that children sit in each other's laps, or be denied access to vehicles.

The Authority, in a release this afternoon, warned operators that “the seating capacity of a vehicle shall be calculated in accordance with the provisions of the regulations… and the number of passengers carried on the vehicle shall not exceed [this] seating capacity”.

Operators found in breach of the regulations will be prosecuted and may be fined up to $50,000, the Authority said.

Meanwhile, the Authority emphasised that the practice of overloading of public passenger vehicles is dangerous to passengers as it affects the driver's ability to effectively manoeuvre a vehicle.

Additionally, PPV operators are also reminded by the Authority that under section 15B of the Transport Authority Regulations (2005), the installation of curtains, screens or other similar devices on a public passenger vehicle (except contract carriages), which prevents inward view into the motor vehicle is an offence.

Accordingly, the Authority said that its teams are on alert to effect prosecution procedures on operators found in breach of the regulations.

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