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JPS and cheque payments

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2023 | 12:07 AM


Jamaica’s progress may be hindered if we persist with the current trend of addressing issues by cutting off their sources. Take, for instance, a recent development: I received a letter from Jamaica Public Service stating that they would no longer accept cheques as a payment method for bills. Instead, they would now exclusively accept credit and debit cards,, and cash. It’s worth noting that Jamaica Public Service holds a monopoly as the sole power provider in the country.

Instead of completely discontinuing the use of cheques as a viable payment option, I believe it’s crucial to recognise that cheques still hold legal tender status in Jamaica. Given that bill payments are essentially direct payments for services rendered, refusing cheques appears unjust. Consequently, I am urging the Consumer Affairs Commission to address this issue.


Brumalia, Mandeville