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AUDIO: JUTC upset JATOO airing concerns about licences in public

Published:Wednesday | March 19, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is criticising private transport owners and operators for not approaching it before going public with concerns about the cost of some licences to operate in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).




Yesterday, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), said an increase from $280,000 to $756,000 for 30 sub-franchise licences is unwarranted and unworkable.



JATOO’s president, Louis Barton, said if the JUTC does not reduce the cost, it will be pushing for a fare increase.



However, JUTC Marketing and Communications Manager Clinton Clarke, says JATOO needs to recognise that they are part of a partnership and should have first approached the JUTC with their concerns.



Clarke explains that the 30 licences are for rich routes that the JUTC had planned to reclaim as part of the reorganisation of transport operations in the KMTR.



He says after special requests, Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies gave approval for private operators to get licences to operate on the routes.



Clarke says given the fact that the routes are rich, the private operators would be able to afford the increased cost.



As part of an exercise to reclaim some of its routes in the KMTR, the JUTC last month approved 319 licences for operators.



The reorganisation has been marked with contentions from private operators that their livelihoods will be destabilised.



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