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LETTER OF THE DAY - Don't give robot busmen slap on the wrist

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM


Allow us to vent our displeasure with the Transport Authority. A letter was sent to the three members of parliament and the mayor in Portmore complaining about the presence of illegal contract school buses in the Sunshine City.

Of the four persons, only one replied, telling us that he had forwarded the letter to the transport ministry. From what we gathered, the letter was then sent to the chairman of the Transport Authority. The reply from the Transport Authority is of great concern to us, considering that we transport children aged three to 15 years old.

Here is a quote from the letter: "Twenty vehicles were intercepted transporting schoolchildren without the requisite road licence. In these instances, seizure is not the preferred option utilised by the Authority, as consideration is given to the age of the passengers and the impact on these minors. The recalcitrant operators are, however, warned and further monitored by the Authority."

We are putting it to the Transport Authority that it is for this same reason of only warning and monitoring why the illegal operators in Portmore rose from 25-30 in 2007 to more than 60 currently. If this continues, Portmore will be looking at 100 at the start of the school year in September 2013.

To top it off, when the police are seizing a legal school bus carrying the same age group, all they tell you is to call someone to come for the children. When this is done, your vehicle is put on the wrecker.

So, Mr Chairman, can we go back to being illegal and only be warned and monitored?