Stop putting children in car trunks! Transport Authority warns taxi operators
The Transport Authority says Route Taxi Operators, who transport children in the trunk of their motor cars should immediately cease and desist or face prosecution.
The authority says it has received reports that children are being placed in the trunk of sedans in a bid to increase their earnings on each trip.
The authority is condemning the practise and has instructed its Operations Division to intensify activities to stamp out this inhumane practise, which seriously compromises the safety and comfort of passengers.
According to Managing Director at the Authority, Donald Foster, any operator found to be violating the rights of passengers, to a safe and comfortable ride by overloading the vehicles will be prosecuted under section 28 (3) of the Road Traffic Regulations.
He also says the Transport Authority will be meeting with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to implement strategies to also prosecute these offenders for “cruelty to children” under section 9 (1) (b) of the Child Care and Protection Act.