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Port haulage contractors back on the job

Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 | 1:07 pm Comments 0

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has issued orders to suspend the prosecution of haulage contractors and the seizure of their trailer chassis.

The decision comes following dialogue between the Ministry of Transport, Works & Housing, the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Commissioner.

Yesterday, members of the Port Haulage Truckers Association who transport cargo across the island to and from the ports, withdrew their services, citing prosecution for their unregistered chassis.

With the order now in effect, the Ministry of Transport, Works & Housing says it anticipates that the truckers will urgently resume their regular functions as strident efforts are being made to resolve the challenges affecting them.

A meeting between Minister without Portfolio in the Transport Ministry Dr Morais Guy and the All Island Truckers Association is scheduled for December 17.

The All Island Truckers Association is the umbrella body for haulage organisations.

Minister Guy says at the meeting, it is expected that a resolution will be reached for an appropriate registration process for trailer chassis.

And even with the order, the Police High Command has made it clear that police officers are not prohibited from detecting and prosecuting other breaches of the law.

The moratorium will remain in effect until further orders are disseminated.
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