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JUTC, sub-franchise operators fees issues unresolved

Published:Thursday | March 6, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A transport group says a meeting with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), on matters in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) has not resolved cost issues for 30 licences for sub-franchise routes.

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies approved the licences as part of concessions to private operators to work on some of the JUTC’s most viable routes.

However, the Jamaica Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) says the licences are too expensive for its members to accept.

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

JATOO’s president Louis Barton says a meeting held on Tuesday did not end in a resolution of the matter.

Barton says JATOO is requesting that the JUTC allow operators to pay a reduced fee amount when the first payment on licences becomes due on March 31.

The JUTC allows private transport operators to pay fees for licences in two equal installments, in March and September.

Barton says the request to pay less than the half for the first license period is being made because of other financial obligations on operators to comply with new rules in the KMTR.

Changes to the operations in the KMTR are expected to take effect on April 1.

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