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1,146 persons prosecuted for operating illegal public passenger vehicles

Published:Wednesday | April 16, 2014 | 8:49 AM

The Transport Authority is reporting that its clampdown on illegal public passenger vehicles has been bearing fruit.



The regulator says in the past three weeks 1,146 persons were prosecuted for various offences.



It says 179 vehicles were seized because the operators had no road licences or were operating contrary to the terms and conditions of the road licences.



The Authority says it intensified its drive after the March 31 deadline for public passenger transport operators to regularise their service.



Meanwhile, the Transport Authority says effective Tuesday, April 22 it will place special focus on the organisation, operation and efficiency of public transportation services in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).



The regulator says it must be noted that the KMTR is exclusively licensed to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).



It points out that only approved sub-franchise operators, rural buses and licensed route taxis on the Jones Town, Chisholm Avenue and Maxfield Avenue routes will be permitted to provide stage carriage service within the KMTR.



The Transport Authority says commuters are being urged to take licensed vehicles.



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