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Opposition transport spokesman predicts chaos for sector

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 1:13 PM
Opposition spokesman on Transport Mikael Phillips.

Opposition spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, says recent decisions by the Government are threatening the viability of the debt-ridden Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

He says among them is the decision by the government to lift the ban on rural minibuses terminating at bus stops in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).

In a release this morning Phillips pointed to the JUTC's mounting debt and the lack of support from the government in resolving issues of poor structure and management.

He says lifting of the ban will impact the revenues of the JUTC and contribute further to a deterioration of discipline in the public transportation system.

The Opposition transport spokesman says with this move the public transport system will return to what he described as a dog-eat-dog situation.

He's also concerned about the issuance of more than 6,000 new licences to operate public passenger vehicles within the transport network, between June 2016 and January 2017.

He says the requisite assessment informing the decision should be made public.