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Looking back at 2014, final third

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, head of the Flying Squad.
File Lynvalle Hamilton, managing director of Auto Channel Limited and president of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association (JUCDA).
Contributed Taj Alvaranga and one of the Radical cars.
fILE An overhead view of the vehicles on display at the ADA Motor Show 2014, held in late Novemberat the National Arena.
Contributed Students of the Jonathan Grant High School in St Catherine, walk along a newly installed sidewalk on the exterior of the school plant.
Contributed Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (third right), cuts the ribbon symbolizing the official launch of the mobile business clinic initiative (MBCI), at the National Commercial Bank Wellness Centre in Kingston.. Chairman, Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Silburn Clarke (left); Marketing and Sales manager, Fidelity Motors, Leslie Nembhard (second left), chief executive officer, JBDC, Valerie Veira (second right) and senior general manager, Retail Banking Division, NCB, Audrey Tugwell-Henry shared in the moment. Partly hidden is Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams.
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September - December

August

7: One million Euros is invested in the equipment for a JUTC Heavy-Duty Repair Programme at Lyndhurst Road, St Andrew. Work will be done to repair units owned by the state-run bus company.

The Transport Authority is determined to crack down on buses which carry too many persons, putting in extra seats which did not come with the vehicle.

14: Head of the Flying Squad, Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford warns about a car-stealing strategy in which criminals rent cars on Friday and sell them over the weekend. (BIGGAFORD...)

21: Used car dealers complain that financial institutions are biased towards new cars in setting lending terms, as a much higher deposit is required for send-hand vehicles.

The Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association (JUCDA), through its head Lynvalle Hamilton, opposes calls for an extension on warranties for used cars which are sold by dealers. (LYNVALLE...)

While there appears to be no immediate plans to introduce a jaywalking law in Jamaica, the new Road Traffic Act is expected to address the duties of pedestrians as they utilise the nation's roadways.

October

5: Radical North America is coming to Jamaica to put their high-powered cars to the test against Jamaica's top drivers at Dover Raceway on Heroes Day later in the month. (TAJ...)

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Total Jamaica launches a fuelling card, which can be used at its service stations across the island.

26: It is announced that the Automobile Dealers Association (ADA) 2014 Motor Show will cost $20 million to stage. (MOTORSHOW...)

November

2: Padmore Primary School wins a 2014 Toyota Hiace minibus in Toyota Jamaica's Bus Di School competition. (PADMORE...)

Students at Jonathan Grant High School in St Catherine appreciate new sidewalks at their school, making the walk to and from the institution much safer. (GRANT...)

9: Out of an initiative implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), a mobile business clinic has been created to give a fresh approach to working with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). (MSME....PICS STOPPED HERE)

16: The Kiwanis Club of Liguanea in St Andrew is renewing its call for road safety with a public-education campaign that targets motorists who use their cell phones to text while driving. (TXT...)

23: Despite economic woes and the country's high crime rate affecting this year's running of the prestigious motor sport event Rally Jamaica, chief organiser Larry Henriques is still expecting an exciting finish among the handful of confirmed competitors.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be billed for the cost to repair buses allegedly damaged by their supporters on journeys to the party's 71st annual conference.

30: A senior magistrate at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew, expresses concern over the number of motor vehicle fraud cases coming before the court. She warns, "We're going to make the full wrath of the law fall upon the children of disobedience. We are going to make special provisions for those people in my cell."

December

7: Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), proposes that Jamaica adopt the United Nations (UN) standards for motor vehicles. These include vehicle safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency and theft-resistance as basic standards. Speaking at the official opening of the 2014 ADA Motor Show at the National Arena, he says the current standards for motor vehicles imported into Jamaica are limited to "having installed seat-belts and that the manual should be in English." (JARRETT...)

Silver Star Motors, the local authorised distributors of the luxury brand Mercedes-Benz, has partnered with the Alpha Institute, its neighbour 'across the road' in downtown Kingston, for a silent charity auction at Strawberry Hill, Irish Town. The proceeds will go towards the development of Alpha's vocational programmes. (ALPHA....)

14: There will be increased breath testing for alcohol over the holiday period, as road death surge past 300 for the year.

Through a series of open Track Days organised by the JAA in partnership with the JRDC, which were held at the Dover Raceway in St Ann, in July, August and September, drivers of all ages got a chance to test their skills on the island's preeminent motorway. The series will continue in 2015. (JAATRACK...)

21: Automobile owners will soon be able to benefit from discounts, with the availability of an automotive coupon magazine to be launched next year February. The coupon magazine is being done by Jamaica Auto Directory and consumers will be able to access approximately $1,000,000 in savings on goods and services from automotive sector businesses through the offerings in the book.