Holness orders 'firm action' against lawlessness on the roadsWednesday, September 25, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has directed Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, and the security forces to take “firm action” against indiscipline on roads, which he said has become a threat to the country's economy, public order and safety.
The prime minister's directive follows the yesterday morning's strike action by public transport operators following the murders of a Jamaica Urban transit Company (JUTC) bus drivers and a taxi operator Monday night.
Holness, in a statement last evening, said he had been briefed on the situation by the national security minister as well as Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, and Minister of Transport, Robert Montague.
He said he has also directed Chang and the security forces, to “ensure that the incidents are thoroughly investigated and those responsible feel the full force of the law including those persons who misused social media to create panic in the wake of yesterday's incidents; I have instructed the Ministry of National Security to investigate all instances of public mischief”.
Holness further assured JUTC drivers that necessary measures will be in place to ensure their safety and security so they can continue to provide the public with necessary transportation services.
Meanhile, the prime minister commended the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch of the police force for their swift response and the provision of service with limited resources.
“My thanks also to the many taxi operators who continued to fulfil their responsibility to the public even amidst the disturbances,” he said as he expressed sympathies to the families of the JUTC employee and the taxi driver who were killed.
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