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Police Federation wants review of Gov't's uninsured vehicle policy

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2013 | 2:19 PM

The Police Federation is calling for the Government to review its policy on uninsured government vehicles involved in accidents.

The Federation believes aspects of the policy are unfair to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The Federation's Chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson says rank and file members are particularly concerned about the area of the policy which speaks to drivers and transport managers of uninsured government vehicles.

Under the policy, individuals in this category who are found to be negligent are liable to pay for damage caused to government vehicles and for any third party damage or injuries.

Sergeant Wilson points out that already police personnel found to be in the wrong following an accident are usually sanctioned under current provisions of the Road Traffic Act and policies of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

He believes that the Government’s Motor Vehicle Accident Procedures serve to penalize police personnel twice.

Sergeant Wilson says it is unfair and burdensome for the Government to ask police personnel to drive uninsured motor vehicles and then require them to stand the risks.

"We are finding it quite appalling that this policy would be calling upon our members to be liable when you know in fact that you did not provide an insurance to absorb that risk," said Wilson. "We know that there are provisions in law to ensure that these vehicles are provided with proper insurance to relieve the drivers and operators of that employer's risk, which would be covered by a proper insurance coverage."

According to the Police Federation Chairman, for months the group has been seeking a meeting to raise its concerns with the Financial Secretary but to no avail.

He says the Federation is seriously disappointed about how the matter is being treated.


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