TRAFFIC authorities are expected to flood streets across the island today in a massive clampdown on public passenger vehicles with tinted windows and loud sound systems.
"Police and other traffic authorities will be coming down hard on these operators. It will be a no-nonsense mode," head of the Traffic Department, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
The tough-talking Lewis said, for several months, authorities have sent out warnings to motorist to brace themselves.
"The time for talking is now over!" said Lewis.
Police, last week, said they were becoming increasingly concerned about the number of taxi and bus operators found in breach of the law.
"Come Monday (today), any vehicles, being operated in the public transportation, found with dark tints and the loud music will be seized and licence plates removed," he said.
Traffic police say, in recent months they have stumbled on a number of trends in the sector that have left them worried.
The latest involves bus operators retrofitting their vehicles with specially hidden heavy speakers and other entertainment devices to host parties for schoolchildren.
Authorities said the $300-per-individual party "package" allows students from several high schools to travel around on the buses for hours, while engaged in sexual and other activities.
"The buses are what we call party buses, and this is an illegal trend causing major concern for the police," a source from the Police Traffic Department told the Observer last week.
Lewis said one of these vehicles was seized during an operation in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, last week.
"Yes, this is true. We have been getting the reports that these rogue operators are using their vehicles to keep these wild parties and targeting vulnerable students to engage in a number of illegal activities," Lewis had told the Observer.
He said the seizure of a "party" bus drove home the point that the crackdown on tinted buses is justified.
"The clampdown on buses with tints and sound systems is important, if we are to maintain law and order in the transportation sector," said Lewis.