Zero tolerance on PPV tint free-for-all, JUTC to comply
All public passenger vehicles (PPVs) are to remove their tints with immediate effect, with the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to follow suit within 12 months.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday at the Transport Authority headquarters in St Andrew, head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, outlined the legal tinting requirements that would enhance public safety and citizen security.
"The police, in tandem with the Island Traffic Authority and Transport Authority, will be enforcing Section 15B of the Transport Authority Act. A critical part of our inspections will be compliance as it relates to tinting. The driver is subject to being prosecuted by issuance of a ticket ($2,500), but if the driver complies readily with our request, they will be assisted with removing the tints if needed.
"If there isn't compliance, then the registration plates, in addition to the tint, will be removed until there is compliance on the part of the operator," he stated, adding that zero discretion will be applied as it relates to tints that do not allow visibility inside PPVs.
The renewed enforcement of the no-tinting rule on public passenger vehicles was part of the crime-fighting strategies Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced last week, which was to take effect yesterday. Allen stated that operators have begun to comply with the measures.
NO FITNESS CERTIFICATE
Ludlow Powell, director of the Island Traffic Authority, disclosed that motor vehicle depots islandwide have already been given directives to not issue certification of fitness to operators in breach of tinting regulations.
He stated: "Those who are in breach of the windscreen (tinting) in particular, we are going to take your plates off and we're going to be very aggressive in doing our job. It is a joined-up approach, and it will be sustained."
Chairman of the Transport Authority, Joseph Shoucair, said he recently held dialogue with JUTC Chairman Paul Abrahams and was assured of full compliance from the state-owned company.