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JUTC bus destroyed by fire was carrying empty fire extinguisher

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) chairman, Dr Garnett Roper has admitted that extinguishers on a bus destroyed by fire last week were not working.

And the JUTC executive says, the cost of damage stands at approximately $30 million.

The bus was destroyed last Thursday, along Mona Road in St Andrew.

At the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing this morning, Dr Roper said further investigations are underway to determine why an empty fire extinguisher was onboard the bus.

He also said arson has not been ruled out.

The JUTC Chairman says it is also to be ascertained whether the driver had adequate training to deal with extinguishers.

Roper says management has been asked to revisit the process of training.

And he has ruled out that the State-owned bus company faces a problem with arson.

Meanwhile, tax payers are to cover the full cost of damage as Roper said the company’s fire insurance only provides coverage for buses parked at the depots.

Also at today’s meeting, Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies said further questions have been raised following his receipt of a preliminary report on the incident.

Roper said the minister is to receive a more comprehensive report soon.


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