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JUTC's removal of 'pay for other' option irks Bull Bay residents

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 1:44 PM

Jolyn Byran, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Residents of Eleven Miles in Bull Bay, St Thomas this morning mounted a roadblock in protest of what they say is the harsh decision taken by the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) to remove the 'pay for other' option from its smarter cards.

Residents have staged several demonstrations over the past few days, including a protest on Friday, in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Jamaica.

This morning, demonstrators accused the transport company's inspectors of leaving children behind and taking them off buses in dangerous areas when they are unable to find their cards, and cannot pay the adult fare.

Residents are also complaining about what they say is the high cost of replacing lost cards.

They are calling for the JUTC to reinstate the 'pay for other' option, or to allow children, and other concessionary passengers to gain access to the cheaper fare without using their cards.

The residents say they will continue to protest until they are given a favorable response from the state-owned transport company.

The JUTC ended the 'pay for other' option on January 5.

The company says it was forced to remove the option because of what it called abuse by passengers who use it to access concession fares for people who should be paying the adult fare.

The company says it was losing thousands of dollars in revenue as a result of the dishonesty.

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