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JATOO, gov't officials to meet over tint enforcement

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 8:46 AM

The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) is to meet with government officials this morning over the renewed enforcement of the no-tinting rule to fight crime.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 at the Transport Authority head office in St Andrew.

Last week Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced at a press conference that all public passenger vehicles must remove their tints by today.

However, taxi operators have since been criticising the move saying they are allowed light tinting and that they were not consulted before the announcement. 

JATOO president, Louis Barton says his association does not feel the removal of tints from public passenger vehicles will help the crime fight.


JATOO president, Louis Barton

Barton has argued that the present legal tint allows anyone to see through the vehicle while simultaneously providing protection from the sun for passengers.

The no-tint enforcement comes amid concerns about public safety following a number of cases where women have been abducted and raped, and in some instances murdered, by taxi operators.

Representatives from Jamaica House are also expected to attend the meeting.