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Gov't in talks with dealer to resolve issues over controversial police car contract

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 7:08 PM
National Security Minister Robert Montaque (right) with Police Commissioner George Quallo inspect a fleet of pre-owned police vehicles handed over to the Jamaica Constabulary Force Tuesday.

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the government is in talks with O'Brien's International Car Sales to resolve the issues surrounding the contract to procure 200 used vehicles for the police.

According to Montague, a team from the Attorney General’s Chamber on Tuesday met with representatives of O’Brien's International as the government seeks to resolve issues surrounding the importation of the vehicles.

He says the ministry is hoping for an amicable resolution. 

O’Brien's International has only delivered 30 of the 200 cars more than nine months after the deadline.

Montague says the government is to hold taks with O'Brien's International on the Advance Payment Guarantee bond under its contract to supply used cars to the police force.

The bond is valued at $213 million and represents half of the value of the contract, which was paid by the ministry as a deposit.

The National Security Ministry has already called in the $42 million performance bond paid by the company as part of the contract.

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