Transport Authority steps up operations islandwide
THE Transport Authority has intensified its road operations islandwide to remove illegal public transportation operators.
According to the authority, since the expiring of a majority of public passenger vehicles road licences on March 31, there have been 1,146 prosecutions for various offences and 179 seizures, some for operating without road licences and others for operating contrary to the terms and conditions of their licences.
The authority said it would be adopting a zero-tolerance approach in its road operations as it seeks to implement several standards for the operations of public transportation services in order to enhance the safety and security of the commuting public and all road users as well as the reliability and efficiency of public transportation services.
It said that it has implemented a three-day turnaround time for processing and delivery of road licences, implemented a badge management information system and introduced multiple payment facilities for customers, as part of measures to improve its customer service and maintain order in the public transport system.
It urged all public passenger vehicle operators to abide by the relevant regulations as those found in breach will be prosecuted by its route inspectors and the police, who are empowered under Section 13(1)(a) and (b) of the Transport Authority Act of (1987) to stop and inspect:
* any vehicle reasonably suspected as operating as a public passenger vehicle contrary to the relevant road traffic enactment; and
* any public passenger vehicle to ensure compliance with the terms of the road licences.
"Operators found without the requisite licence may also face seizure of their vehicles," it warned.
Special focus, the Transport Authority said, was also being placed on the organisation, operation and efficiency of public transportation services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR), which is exclusively licensed to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.
"Only the approved sub-franchise operators, rural buses and licensed route taxis on the Jones Town, Chisholm Avenue and Maxfield Avenue routes will be permitted to provide stage carriage service within the KMTR. Commuters are, therefore, urged to use licensed vehicles only for their own safety, security and protection," a release from the Transport Authority said.