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JATOO says gov't tint removal orders may be violating law

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 2:32 PM

Transport lobby, the Jamaica Association of Transport Operators and Organisers (JATOO) says Prime Minister Andrew Holness should reconsider his decision on the removal of all tint from public passenger vehicles.

Prime Minister Holness announced yesterday that all bus and taxi operators must remove the tint from their vehicles by Monday or face prosecution.

The move came amid concerns about public safety following a number of cases where women have been abducted and raped, and in some instances murdered, by taxi operators.

JATOO President Louis Barton says his association supports any effort to improve the safety of passengers and operators.

However, Barton says a mandatory removal of all tints is not the way to go.

He says the crackdown should focus on operators whose tint does not comply with the law.

 

JATOO President, Louis Barton

Barton argues that the present legal tint allows anyone to see through the vehicle while simultaneously providing protection against the sun to the passengers.

He contends that if these legal tints are arbitrarily removed, then it becomes a case of the lawmakers violating the law that they have sworn to uphold.