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Transport Authority opens ‘satellite office’ in Sav

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 2:00 AMOkoye Henry
A blissful Pauline Morris, office supervisor of the Transport Authority’s new satellite office in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

Western Bureau:

The Transport Authority (TA) last Thursday officially opened its first satellite office, the western Jamaica office of the Transport Authority, during a ceremony at the Dunbar Mall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

According to Ralston Smith, who has been installed as TA's western regional manager, the office was opened in direct response to the growing client base in the parish, which currently numbers more than 2,600 annually.

"The Transport Authority has always sought to find ways and means to improve overall efficiency to its customers, and there is a need to take our services to Westmoreland," Smith told The Gleaner.

In addition, Smith outlined that it is becoming a nuisance for operators to travel to the regional office in Montego Bay to have business done, and hence the decision to establish an office in Savanna-la-Mar.

"It's against this backdrop, recognising that the people of Westmoreland are deserving of this service, coupled by our quest to provide efficient service delivery at this point in time, why we are now here in Savanna-la-Mar."

 

LEGITIMISING CARRIERS

 

Smith further explained that the TA's physical presence is needed in the parish to ensure that all route taxis, contract carriages and commercial carriers become legitimised.

"We believe that there are several other persons that need to legitimise their operations, and so we can now reach out to them with this office here and bring them into the formal sector," noted Petra-Kene Williams, TA's acting general manager of human resources and administration.

Williams said a number of promotions would be done throughout the parish and other parts of western Jamaica to ensure that operators comply with the regulations. She noted that the satellite office is equipped to handle applications for all licences as well as the processing of badges.

"We just want to encourage all the residents of Westmoreland to come out and visit the Transport Authority, and find out how to legitimise your public transportation or commercial carrier services," Williams noted.