THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am very concerned about the state of the local transportation sector. Representatives from the Transport Authority and police officers are targeting and sidelining the franchise operators in an effort to push commuters to support the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.
But why are we expected to give full support to a company that is known for poor regulation of operational time and massive annual losses? The franchise operators are also major contributors to the demise of the transportation sector. However, they are paying money to operate on our roads. On the other hand, the illegal transport operators who should have been removed from the streets are still allowed to compete with the legal operators.
Reckless driving on our roads is another concern. Instead of trying to reduce road fatalities by a small margin each year, we need to take the proactive approach to monitor and implement some stiffer penalties for reckless driving.
In the past, politicians failed to take the necessary steps to save the financial sector. We are, therefore, expecting them to use the present opportunity to save our transportation sector.