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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: JUTC problems result from government's shabby management

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 7:01 PM    

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Dear Editor,

Sick, sick, sick! I do not support the stoning or damaging of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses. However, we can't pretend that this high-handed approach is the panacea to our public transportation system.

The government collects taxes from these private bus owners every year to manage and oversee the private system; plus they have a heavy presence of Transport Authority personnel and police who are supposed to be managing the system.

The fact that order on the road has been this bad for years, shows the total disregard the same high-handed government played in this whole mess. Was the government simply collecting tax for no reason but taxes? All tax must be for a reason! The private bus owners should take responsibility for their actions, but surely the problem lies with government's shabby management.

The private owners have invested millions in the sector, taken out loans and are responsible for many jobs in the sector, along with their personal responsibility to their families. Should they and their beneficiaries suffer because government failed to manage how they behaved on the roads?

And surely in a democracy, monopolizing the bus system can't be the only way to guarantee government stays competitive and in profit. Competition gives people choices; not everyone wants to take a big bus; some prefer taxi and others will like, or love the JUTC. People need options that cater to their schedules and tastes.

LZR

 

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