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JUTC sub-franchise operators hoping for more time

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Bus operators are still holding out hope that they will get an extension of some of the new requirements which will come into effect tomorrow.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) implemented its new sub-franchise system last week, but bus operators were given one week to become compliant.

It requires, among other things, that bus operators paint their vehicles yellow, issue tickets to passengers and ensure that conductors wear uniforms.

However, just hours before the deadline for becoming compliant, Louis Barton, the president of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) says operators need an extension.

He says the deadline is particularly hard to meet for those persons who were given permission to operate on the more expensive routes.

When contacted this morning head of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, reiterated the bus company’s position that there would be no further extension.

He says although the JUTC does not have jurisdiction in relation to licensing, he has explained to bus operators that it would not be possible for them to receive an extension in relation to the payment of the licensing fee.

He says this is because the operators would in essence be operating without a licence and the police would have to be asked to turn a blind eye to the infraction.


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