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JUTC probing security breach at depot

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 5:02 PM
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The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) says it has launched a wide-scale investigation into an incident involving a former member of staff who drove away a bus from one of its depots last month. 

The ex-worker crashed into a motor car while in Grants Pen, St Andrew on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

No one was hurt or injured in the incident.

In a statement today, the JUTC says reports indicate that the former staff who was employed as a mechanic came onto the depot compound in a JUTC bus which had reportedly developed mechanical problems along North Parade in downtown, Kingston.

It is reported that the driver of the bus allowed the ex-employee to drive the bus back to the depot.

It is further alleged that while at the depot the ex-employee gained access to another unit and drove it out of the compound without the requisite security and operational clearance.

According to the JUTC, preliminary assessment has so far revealed that the driver of the bus which allowed the ex-employee access to the facility was not aware that the former worker was no longer working with the bus company.

“This is a very serious security and operational breach and the matter is being dealt with at the highest level. The matter has been reported to the police and we await the outcome of their investigations”, said Corporate Communications Manager, Cecil Thoms.

He said the JUTC has also met with its security provider regarding the security breach and is also conducting a review of internal operations pending the final report into the matter.

In the meantime, the bus company has engaged retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Granville Gause to launch a wide scale investigation into the incident.

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