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More meetings over Corporate Area taxis

Published: Thursday April 12, 2012 | 10:22 am Comments 0

Debbie-Ann Wright, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

There’s to be another round of meetings with taxi operators and the police today as the transport ministry moves to regularise public transportation in the Corporate Area.

This is the third in a series of meetings with transportation stakeholders following a clampdown on public passenger vehicles in the Corporate Area.

The clampdown by the police and the Transport Authority has angered operators who claim that they are being treated unfairly.

Head of the police traffic division, Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliffe Lewis, has claimed that many hackney carriages are operating illegally as route taxis.

But head of the Jamaica Association of Hackney carriages, Willard Costley, has taken issue with the claim that hackney carriage drivers are operating illegally.

He says the association is concerned that more than 40 hackney carriages have been seized since the start of the clampdown.

He says his association is scheduled to meet with the transport ministry on Monday to discuss the matter.

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