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People's Report | Make Colin Campbell head of Transport Authority

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 5:00 AM

Mandeville, Manchester

I would like to congratulate Colin Campbell for the excellent job he did as managing director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) over the past two and a half years.

New buses were purchased; there was increased revenue inflow; the stealing of parts and petrol from JUTC was reduced; and frequent passenger discounts were offered.

The overall levels of corruption at the JUTC were systematically reduced and cauterised because of the no-nonsense approach that he took to reducing corruption at the bus company. He did his job with professionalism, probity and integrity, and he deserves widespread praise for the outstanding job he did over the period.

Mr Campbell has transformed the JUTC into a reliable, efficient and disciplined public bus company, making substantial progress during the period he headed the company. I am disappointed that he has resigned from the bus company.

We need more high-performing, hard-working and loyal public servants like Colin Campbell who take their job seriously, are visionary, and are committed to doing their tasks with distinction everyday.

Colin Campbell would do a good job as managing director of the Transport Authority, and I urge Minister of Transport Mike Henry to appoint him the Transport Authority's new managing director. With Campbell's extensive experience and knowledge of the country's transportation sector, he would do an outstanding job as head of the organisation.

Corrupt traffic police should be properly investigated and extricated from the force and from Manchester. Taxis that are owned by police get away with most breaches of the Road Traffic Act, and Commissioner Carl Williams should address this serious ongoing issue. All taxis must be made to adhere to the law.