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JATOO upset about fees for 30 sub-franchise route licences

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2014 | 11:53 AM

The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) is upset about the price being charged for 30 sub-franchise route licences in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).



The licences were among 319 approved and distributed this week by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).



The JUTC says the 30 licences were approved by Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies though they were not advertised.



The company says they cover some of the most viable routes and were specially requested by JATOO.



However, president of the transport association, Louis Barton, says the licences are too expensive for his members to accept.



He says in one case, the cost for the Above Rocks, St Catherine to downtown Kingston route jumped from $300,000 to $756,000.



Under the sub-franchise licences, private operators pay the JUTC on a per seat basis to operate on the selected routes.



Barton says JATOO will be meeting today about the matter after which a response will be sent to the Transport Ministry.



The new sub-franchise licences were issued as part of the reorganisation of operations in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region.



Meanwhile, marketing and communications manager at the JUTC, Clinton Clarke, says it is not clear why JATOO would complain about the cost of the 30 licences given that they were not advertised.



He notes that the licences were approved by the Transport Minister to accommodate the private operators in the system.



The new licences will come into effect on April 1.



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