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Police clampdown on heavily tinted PPVs anger coaster, mini-bus operators

Published:Monday | October 7, 2013 | 5:52 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:



Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer



A number of coaster and mini-bus operators are furious over the clampdown on heavy tints on public passenger vehicles (PPV).




The police launched their latest islandwide operation this morning with the support of the Island Traffic Authority.



And earlier this afternoon, head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent, Radcliffe Lewis reported that 23 offending buses had been seized in the Corporate Area alone.



However, a number of angry bus operators say the police should extend their operation to Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses with heavy tints.



A few of the operators also point out that some of the sexual activities that are said to be happening in the coaster and mini buses have also taken place in JUTC buses.



Marketing and communications manager at the JUTC, Clinton Clarke, has said he is not aware of any such reports of sexual activities taking place aboard the JUTC buses.



Despite the large number of operators against the removal of the tints, one female conductor told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the tints and the music systems should be removed.



Section 15B of the Transport Authority Regulations of 1988, makes it illegal to install curtains, screens or other similar device which will block the view of the inside of the vehicle.



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