Police crackdown on PPV tints
Much to the annoyance of public passenger vehicle operators (PPV), police personnel were busy yesterday removing tints from windows and windscreens of their vehicles in the Parade area of downtown Kingston.
"We are doing our daily traffic enforcement activities, but today we are giving a special focus on motor vehicle tints. While tints on motor vehicles have been on the books for some time, and has always been enforced, we have intensified this enforcement activity since last week," Deputy Superintendent of Police Errol Adams, who is attached to the traffic division, told The Gleaner.
He was determined that he would not buy the story given by drivers of public passenger vehicles that the tints made inside the bus cooler. They were not allowed to leave the spot until all tints were removed.
TRANSPORT AUTHORITY REGULATION
"Section 15B of the Transport Authority regulation speaks to the driver having a responsibility not to install any curtain or other devices that may prevent an inward view of the vehicle," Adams said.
Coaster bus driver Oneil Nugent said the operation was pointless.
"Dem seh mi fi dig off di tint dem now before the bus move. The tint keep the bus more cooler. Mi nuh see it relevant because the yellow bus (JUTC) dem tint, too," said Nugent.
The renewed enforcement of the limited-tinting rule on public passenger vehicles was part of the crime-fighting strategies Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced last week, which took effect yesterday.