Transport Ministry orders JUTC management audit
Transport Minister Mike Henry says he has ordered a management audit of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).
In a statement this afternoon, Henry said the objective of the audit is to identify critical operational issues impacting its efficiency.
According to the Transport Minister, the state-owned bus company is in urgent need of Government support.
He says the issues plaguing the JUTC include an ageing fleet, the need for credit arrangements for fuel and spare-parts, additional equipment to support the fare collection system and a refurbishing programme.
Henry also says he is concerned that the number of crashes involving JUTC buses is impacting its budget.
Additionally, the transport minister says the JUTC is in urgent need of 305 new buses over the next two years to meet the growing demand for public transport services.
However, he says only 30 can be accommodated in the budget this year.
Meanwhile, speaking before Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee this afternoon, the transport minister told committee members that he’s in discussions with the finance ministry on how to fill the funding gap at the JUTC.
Henry said ways have to be found to turn around the bus company.