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St Thomas police to monitor public passenger vehicles for safety equipment

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 9:33 AMJolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
The burnt-out shell of a bus that caught fire after overheating in St Thomas on Thursday.

The St Thomas Police have stepped up measures to ensure that public passenger vehicles (PPV) are equipped with safety features in the event of an emergency.

This move follows a fire which destroyed a Coaster bus about 1 p.m on Thursday along the in the vicinity of the Grant's Pen community in the parish.

Smoke was seen coming from it's rear of the vehicle that was travelling to Kingston.

Passengers managed to escape the bus before it was engulfed in flames.

No injuries were reported.

A unit from the Yallahs fire station extinguished the blaze.

The fire department said the fire was as a result of overheating.

Loss is estimated at $2.5 million.

Deputy Superintendent Charmaine Shand, Acting Commander for the St Thomas Police, told The Gleaner that all public passenger vehicles are expected to have visible and accessible fire extinguishers, with conductors and drivers trained to use them.

She also said that inspections would be carried out to ensure emergency exits were working and accessible to ensure the safety of those who use public transport.