Transport operators against tracking devices in PPVs

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) and the Transport operators (TODSS) have knocked the government's proposal to install tracking devices in public passenger vehicles saying that the systems will be of no benefit to public transport operators.

The operators are arguing against them being required to foot the bill for installing the devices.

“The minister announced this in his 2018 budget presentation. However, at that time it was to be free to operators. The latest announcement requires us to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 for the installation of the device and a possible $1,500 monthly. This tracking system has no benefit to us as operators,” the groups contended in a release this afternoon as their “silent protest”, which commenced yesterday, continues.

The silent protest, the transport operators say, is to highlight to policy makers that “the present regulatory trend is not providing the expected harmony… in the public transport sector.”

“We are asking the policy makers and the regulators recognise our plight and make the necessary adjustment,” the groups urged.

In addition to their concerns about the tracking devices, the groups reiterated concerns about the lack of a fare increase since 2013.

They have also questioned the issuing of “thousands of new licences by the government while parking areas remains the same, causing friction and discomfort among operators and between the regulators and operators”.

In addition, the operators said that the Transport Authority continues to have a problem issuing badges, while they vigorously prosecute drivers for not wearing a badge.


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