1,059 licence plates removed from defective vehicles since May
The Transport Ministry is reporting that over 1,059 pairs of licence plates have been removed and certificates issued for vehicle defects since Operation Zero Tolerance began on May 7.
According to the Director of Public Relations and Communications, Vando Palmer, the removals of the plates have been lodged with the tax authorities.
Palmer says these vehicles are barred from entering the road network unless the owners produce another certificate indicating that the defects have been remedied.
According to him, the continued presence of the Police, Transport Authority, and Island Traffic Authority on the roads, especially at the weekend, is having a positive impact.
Meanwhile, Palmer says road fatalities have reached the 175 mark in 172 days.
This is three fewer deaths than the corresponding period last year, representing a seven per cent decrease.
Palmer notes that Westmoreland, St Catherine North, St Andrew South, St Ann, Trelawny and St James continue to be the leading parishes for fatal crashes.
He says the transport ministry, through the Road Safety Unit, is developing strategies and tactics to help reduce the carnage on the roads especially among motorcyclists in Westmoreland, Trelawny and St Elizabeth.