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Transport ministry disappoint JHCA

Published:Friday | April 4, 2008 | 11:41 AM

Members of the Jamaica Hackney Carriages Association (JHCA) are upset over the manner in which the Transport Ministry has handled their concerns about insurance coverage for some of their vehicles.

The Association had sought the Transportation Ministry’s assistance, but they said no regulatory body currently exists to deal with the claims of motorists, who experience difficulties with their insurance companies.

However, the transport ministry’s legal officer referred the matter to the Finance Ministry.

President of the Association, Willard Costley said he was hoping to have further meetings with the Transport Minister on the issue.

A copy of a letter from the Financial Services Commission (FSC), confirmed that the entity had no jurisdiction under the Motor Vehicle Insurance Third Party Act.

A letter from the Insurance Association of Jamaica to the hackney carriages association also agreed with that position.

Vice President, Paul Lalor said the decision to insure a vehicle rests with the representative of the 12 insurance companies, which currently operate locally.

The hackney carriages association called a press conference for 2 p.m. this afternoon to further outline their concerns.