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Transport Authority making plans to remove old vehicles from system

Published:Friday | January 17, 2014 | 9:32 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Transport Authority is reportedly working on a plan that could see the removal of old vehicles from the public transportation system.

It has been proposed that cars older than 10 years and buses older than 15 years used for public transportation will soon be required to obtain a structural report from the Island Traffic Authority indicating their road worthiness.

Sources say the results of the report will determine whether the vehicles will be licensed to operate.

The details of the process and the commencement date for the new policy are, however, still unclear.

Checks with the Transport Authority revealed that the proposal was on the table but that the details have not yet been finalised.

A source from the Transport Authority says operators with old vehicles may still apply until further notice.

In the meantime, President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), Louis Barton, says the group would not be against such a proposal although about half its membership could be affected.

He notes that more efficient cars in the system would cut back on operating and repair costs.

However, Barton says the proposal, if approved, should be implemented in phases to minimise financial fallout for operators, who may have to reinvest in newer vehicles.

On the other hand, Fredrick Bryan, president of the Clarendon-based Vere Taxi Association (VTA), says the Transport Authority’s plan would be another blow to the sector.

Bryan said more than 80 per cent of operators with the VTA are using vehicles within the disputed age group.

Communications manager at the Transport Authority, Petra-Kene Williams, said the agency is not prepared to disclose any details to the public on the issue since it is still only a proposal.

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