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Engineers identify cause of some JUTC bus fires

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2015 | 12:40 PM
Managing Director of the JUTC Colin Campbell revealed today that more than six buses have been damaged by fire since he took over in 2013.
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The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says there are signs that a mechanical defect could be the cause of some of the fires on its buses.

Managing Director of the JUTC Colin Campbell revealed today that more than six buses have been damaged by fire since he took over in 2013, but says investigators believe that in most cases the fires were the work of arsonists.

According to the JUTC, the cost of each bus ranges from $30 million to $40 million.

Speaking to The Gleaner-Power106 News Centre today, Campbell said JUTC engineers have narrowed down the cause of some of the fires to a problem with the heat shield on some units.

As a result, he said heat from the buses turbo charger was not being shielded from the rest of the engine.

However, Campbell says the issue has been brought to the attention of the company that manufactured the units and should be corrected by early next year.