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JUTC gets tough on bus preachers, again

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 9:39 AM
Patrons board JUTC bus at the Half Way Tree Transport Centre - File

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says as of next Monday it will be strictly enforcing regulations to ensure activities, such as preaching, no longer take place on its buses.

This is not the first time the JUTC is saying it will not tolerate preaching on its buses.

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But in a news release last evening, it said preaching on the bus has been on the increase and a significant number of commuters have complained.

According to the JUTC, the practice is disturbing to some passengers and therefore persons should desist preaching on its buses.

The state-run bus company says under the Road Traffic Act, preaching on its buses also amounts to disorderly conduct on a Public Passenger Vehicle.

Other activities which will no longer be allowed include eating, drinking, smoking, begging, vending and soliciting.

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The JUTC also says passengers will not be allowed to take pets on to the bus or to engage in inappropriate sexual behaviour.

According to Marketing and Communications Manager at the JUTC, Clinton Clarke, the JUTC values the rights of all passengers and enforcement of its rules will help the company in its effort to deliver service at an international standard.

Clarke says the JUTC had been relaxed in enforcing these regulations because it was focused on plugging revenue leakage.

But he says the JUTC will now be redoubling its efforts, with the hope that it will not have to take action against anyone.

The JUTC says it will be receiving assistance from the police who will take action where a breach of the JUTC rules also constitutes a breach of the Road Traffic and the Town and Communities acts.

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