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Police clampdown on PPV tints stopped

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2013 | 5:41 PM

The Ministry of Transport has reportedly put a stop to the police’s clampdown on tints on public passenger vehicles.

In a statement this afternoon the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) said Minister without Portfolio in the Transport Ministry Dr Morais Guy gave the directive at a meeting today.

Since last week, the police have been cracking down on heavily tinted public passenger vehicle after it emerged that students are travelling around on so-called party buses.

It is reported that lewd music and sexual activities occur on these buses.

However, operators argued that they are being unfairly targeted as the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company also uses dark tint on it buses and the bus company was not included in the crackdown.

The operators also accused the authorities of seizing their buses without just cause.

JATOO says during the talks it was agreed that bus and taxi operators can use the 35 grade tint on their vehicles.

It notes the 35 grade tint allows persons to see inside and at the same time allows the vehicles to be cool for passengers.

JATOO points out that operators found to be using a darker tint will face prosecution.

JATOO says Guy indicated that he will increase periodic consultation between himself and the players in the public passenger sector.

It says it believes that this will help to improve the relationship between operators, law enforcers and regulators.


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