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JUTC addressing Auditor General's concerns, says Campbell

Published:Monday | December 30, 2013 | 9:36 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), says it has addressed more than half of the issues raised by the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) in its most recent report.

In its report published last week, the Auditor General questioned the ability of the JUTC to maintain its fleet highlighting lack of a comprehensive policy to guide the acquisition and replacement of buses.

The AGD said 66 per cent of the JUTC’s fleet consists of Volvo buses but the company had no manufacturer’s manual which is needed to effectively guide the repairs and maintenance activities.

Last night, JUTC managing director Colin Campbell told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the audit was done before he took up the post in August.

However, since then the JUTC has addressed 60 per cent of the issues raised.

Campbell said manuals are now available for all JUTC repairs and maintenance divisions following the resolution of a long-standing issue with the local dealers of Volvo Buses.

Meanwhile the JUTC managing director says the company is hoping to acquire the requisite diagnostic tool to carry out it own repairs of the Volvo buses.

The JUTC has been using a private dealer to provide maintenance services to its fleet of Volvo buses, spending approximately $332 million between April 2008 and June this year.

Campbell says the company is hoping to complete implementation of changes by March next year.

He also says a meeting with manufacturers of the buses should take place early in 2013 to settle several outstanding matters. 

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