Desist from overcharging commuters, Transport Authority warns PPV operators
Public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators who have been charging commuters increased fares have been warned to desists by the Transport Authority.
On Monday a 25 per cent fare increase was announced but does not come into effect until August 25.
The Transport Authority says they have been receiving complaints from commuters about the unscrupulous practice by some PPV operators.
The Authority says less than 24 hours after the transport minister, Dr Omar Davies, made the announcement of the fare increase, the Authority received complaints that some PPV operators are insisting commuters pay the increased fares immediately and in other instances are demanding adult fares from children over three years old.
The Transport Authority says route inspectors will be closely monitoring the trend during road operations and operators found to be deceiving passengers will be prosecuted under regulation 129(d) of the Road Traffic Act (1938).
Commuters are therefore urged to report incidents of overcharging through the Authority's toll-free line at 1-888-991-5687 by providing the licences plate numbers and the routes for the vehicles.
Commuters may check the Weekend STAR (published on Friday) and The Sunday Gleaner for the new fares which take effect on August 25, 2013.
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