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Transport groups withdraw request for 50 per cent fare hike

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:18 AM
The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators says instead of a fare increase it is demanding a number of immediate regulatory changes from the government which it says will lower operational costs.

At least two groups representing transport operators have withdrawn the request they made for a fare hike after the government increased the gas tax by $7 per litre.

The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Service says it has abandoned its call for a 50 per cent fare hike as it is more sustainable to focus on several other issues affecting the transport sector.

The group is urging other transport groups to focus on representing their members on the ground rather than fighting for an increase in fares.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, JATOO, says instead of a fare increase it is demanding a number of immediate regulatory changes from the government which it says will lower operational costs.

JATOO is calling for the ministry to reduce its printing of road licences, provide adequate parking facilities and stop the seizure of red plate vehicles.  

JATOO is also asking the ministry to put an operator’s representative on the Board of the Transport Authority and recommends that the Office of Utilities Regulation be returned as the fare regulator for the transportation sector.

JATOO says all these measures will offset the cost of the $7 per litre increase in the tax on fuel.