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Kingston sub-franchise bus operators to continue protest tomorrow

Published:Tuesday | April 8, 2014 | 6:03 PM

Sheldon Wiliams, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Joint Coalition of Transport Operators say the withdrawal of services of their crews within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) will continue tomorrow as they press for the intervention of the Ministry of Transport.




The operators remain concerned about the new sub-franchise system which took effect this morning.



President of Transport Operators Development Sustainable Service Edgeton Newton says at least 20 drivers and conductors are in police custody and have been detained without reason under the new system.



He is repeating calls for a 30 day extension for sub-franchise operators to meet the Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) reformed standards for operation in the KMTR.



Newman has called for the JUTC to close the designated bus lane on the Mandela Highway and reopen it for use by all motorists.



He says if that is not done, he will be instructing his operators to make use of the lane come Monday and will risk arrest by the police.



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