Mon | Nov 19, 2018

Police renew drive to strip PPVs of dark tints

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 11:48 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer
A taxi operating with dark tinted windows.

At least 40 public passenger vehicles (PPVs), inclusive of buses and taxes, in the Corporate Area, were this morning stripped of tints deemed to be in breach of the tint regulations.

The operation, which started about 7 a.m., is a part of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) continuing effort to rid PPVs of dark tints, especially as it nears the festive season.

According to PSTEB operations officer, Superintendent Courtney Coubre, a lot of robberies occur on PPVs during this period and so removal of these tints has now become a top priority.

"We have quite a number of mini buses and taxis operating with very dark tints and this is unsafe for the travellers. Reports where things out of place, so to speak, are happening in these transport, hence we are on a zero tolerance operation to ensure that these vehicles are in compliance with the regulations," Coubre said as traffic enforcement officers removed tints from buses in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.

In the past, police have gone on aggressive tint removal drives, but PPV operators have repeatedly replaced tints on their vehicles. The superintendent said that measures would be put in place to prosecute repeat offenders.

"We will be keeping a dossier that will be presented to the Transport Authority about those persons who are repetitious in their doing and there is a tribunal that is set up at the Transport Authority that deals with suspension and revocation of road licenses," Coubre said.

So far, some PPVs that traverse Cross Roads, Studio One Boulevard, Rousseau Road, Lyndhurst Road and North Odeon Avenue have been stripped of illegal tints.

The operation is an inter agency approach which includes members of PSTEB, Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority.

Tint regulations for PPVs were first introduced in 2017.

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