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20 more days to apply for road licences under Public Transport Liberalisation Pilot

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 6:43 PM
In this file photo, owners and operators of public transportation vehicles line up outside the Transport Authority's offices on Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew.

Prospective public transport operators and investors have 20 more days to apply for road licences under the Public Transport Liberalisation pilot, in order to ensure compliance with the law. The pilot, which was launched by Transport & Mining Minister Robert Montague on September 10, goes up to Friday, November 30.

Under the pilot, persons may access road licences for 1,260 routes across the island, 100 spaces on select JUTC sub-franchise routes, contract carriage and hackney taxi road licences. Additionally, for the first time in several years, persons in St James, St Ann, Westmoreland, Trelawny, Manchester, and in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region will have the opportunity to apply for hackney carriage services.

The Transport Authority said, while it must commend the over 5,300 applicants who have already requested road licences, surveillance and intelligence from its road operations reveal that a number of operators are still non-compliant.

The authority’s operations teams have now been instructed to exercise a zero-tolerance approach as they seek to ensure licensed, safe and secure public transportation services for the 75 per cent of the population that utilise the public transport system.

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