Legal public transport operators worried about 'robot' operators
At least one transport group is urging law enforcers to take action against illegal transport operators who could divert income from legal operators on nearly 500 rural taxi and bus routes being reopened by the transport ministry.
Minister of Transport, Mike Henry said the reopening of the routes was done to satisfy the increasing demand for public transportation in rural Jamaica.
However, President of the National Council of Taxi Associations, Deon Chance says he is worried that illegal operators will infiltrate these reopened routes.
Chance says this is a problem faced on every route across the island.
He is calling for the transport authority to enforce the laws against the illegal operators to secure the income for those operators who are regularised.
Meanwhile, Chance says the taxi association believes illegal operators should be given a chance to become legal before their vehicles are seized indefinitely.
He says the National Council of Taxi Associations will be discussing this and other issues related to the reopening of the new routes at a meeting with the transport authority tomorrow.