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JUTC exclusive lane discontinuation won't stop transport operators law suit

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 7:57 AM
A traffic jam along Mandela Highway.

Transport operators who sued the government in 2014 over the exclusive lane for Jamaica Urban Transit Corporation (JUTC) buses along the Mandela highway say they still intend to proceed with the suit even if the exclusive lane is discontinued.

The transport operators claimed that the government was not empowered by law to designate a lane for exclusive use by JUTC buses adding that it was a breach of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

The court ruled in favour of the JUTC three weeks ago.

However, on Wednesday state minister with responsibility for works announced that the government intends to halt the exclusive bus lane because it was not successful.

Hours later, transport minister Mike Henry said no such decision was taken by the government.

However, attorney Hugh Wildman, who represents the transport operators, says he is currently preparing to take the case to the Appeal court, regardless of the decision the Government takes.

 

Attorney Hugh Wildman

Wildman says if the transport operators win the case, it would deter the government from taking such an action in the future.

He says he is confident the transport operators will secure a favourable judgment against the government when the matter is heard in the Appeal Court.