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LETTER OF THE DAY - Don't blame the Transport Authority

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

After watching the television news on May 29, I was left in a state of shock. I am a student and I am puzzled. It seems as if we have lost it in Jamaica. How can you blame police officers and the Transport Authority for the blatant carelessness of a bus driver?

Disobedient and foolish are the adjectives that I would want to attach in front of the bus driver's name. He should have been the one to realise that he had passengers in his vehicle. He should have been the one to stop, because the Transport Authority has the right to signal all vehicles to stop.

My body temperature rose, eyes became red and mouth became dry when not only one, but two taxi drivers came on camera and tried to defend the actions of the bus driver. That is totally unacceptable. He was on the wrong side of the law and they should have admitted it. This is a driver of a public passenger vehicle. I strongly reject the argument that taxi and bus operators have reason to be fearful of the police. My question is, why would that be so?

Making sense of things

I am still trying to find sense in this argument. Are they saying that the Transport Authority should not carry out their duties to ensure that operators of public passenger vehicles obey the law, and that the vehicles are of a standard high enough to be used for this purpose?

As for the family of the young lad, my condolences go out to you. It is really a sad moment, all because of a careless bus driver. Drivers need to obey the law and follow instructions, as failing to do so can result tragic incidents such as what took place in Portmore.

Romaro Scott