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JATOO rues lack of consultation before Operation Zero Tolerance

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:28 AM

Transport lobby group, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), says there should have been consultations before the authorities implemented their last crackdown on road traffic offences.

The police and the transport authority have embarked on a three-month island clampdown dubbed Operation Zero Tolerance aimed at curbing road crashes and fatalities.

JATOO president Louis Barton says while the association supports the initiative in principle there should have been input from stakeholders in the programme before it was implemented.

Additionally, Barton argues that there are issues in the transport sector which need to be fixed to support the crackdown.

He cited poor road conditions and the victimisation and extortion of motorists as examples.

 

JATOO President Louis Barton

Operation Zero Tolerance which began on Saturday, will last for three months in the first instance.

In announcing the initiative, the Transport Ministry says traffic authorities will be in all parishes six days a week conducting a series of spot checks to prosecute motorists in breach of the Road Traffic Act.