Transport Authority won’t bow to protesting taxi operators

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 3:51 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Transport Authority says it will continue its crackdown on hackney carriage operators to ensure “greater compliance and discipline” in the public transportation sector.

Its operations will also be geared at eliminating illegal activities, said the Authority, adding that hackney carriage operators who can offer charter services only, should let sound and practical judgment prevail by following the guidelines set.

Those guidelines are to transport three passengers at a time and to not operate as route taxis by letting off or picking up passengers along specific routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region.

Additionally, no licences have been granted for route taxis along the Mountain View to downtown, downtown to Papine, or Papine to Half-Way-Tree corridors, the Transport Authority said in a statement. As such, commuters should not take illegal taxis operating along those routes.

The statement comes on the heels of a protest by dozens of taxi operators in Half-Way-Tree earlier today.

The operators’ grouses included that they would lose money by carrying three passengers, when they were previously allowed four.



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