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Stop shooting yourself in the foot, JUTC

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 11:02 PM


The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has given the public a premier transport service with a good standard that both its management, and we the public, should endeavour to maintain.

One of the requirements for the use of this mode of transportation is that passengers should not eat, drink or smoke on the buses to better care for, and ensure the longevity of, these costly vehicles.

As with any rule, there are those who will test its limits. As a commuter, I have spoken to adults and children to adhere to this rule, albeit with various responses. Some comply and others make facetious comments, but most of them comply or apologise.

However, some drivers allow vendors of juice and chips to come on the bus to peddle their wares. Now, it is more likely than unlikely that if one buys bag juice and chips on a bus, he or she is going to eat it right there. Please, I am begging you to have the inspectors and drivers enforce the rule against eating on the bus, and prevent selling on the buses.

Now, sometimes, the driver may not see the passengers if they came on the bus with the snack in their bag and that is why the commuting public should help to stamp out this malpractice before it gets worse.

On Wednesday morning, while the bus was parked in Cross Roads awaiting passengers, I boarded the bus, only to be greeted with the aroma of cooked breakfast coming from the back of the bus. Two men were openly eating box lunches at the back of the bus, and the driver said nothing, absolutely nothing.

You are shooting yourself in the foot if you do not enforce this rule through your drivers and inspectors. The commuting public will comply if it is being practised on all the bus routes.