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JUTC bus to be auctioned on Saturday, bailiff seeks PM's intervention

Published:Tuesday | April 22, 2014 | 2:39 PM

A bailiff says a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus is to be auctioned on Saturday to recover monies owed by the bus company following a 2009 court order.



Augustus Sherriah made the disclosure in an open letter to the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in which he sought her intervention.



It is understood that the Supreme Court made the order for the JUTC to pay $1.7 million after a suit was brought against the State-owned company following a 2007 accident.



In his letter to the Prime Minister, the bailiff says for months he has been attempting to collect the debt from the JUTC without any success.



He says acting on a court order, he seized two buses on April 15.



One of the buses is being advertised to be sold at a public auction on Saturday.



However, Sherriah is also complaining to the Prime Minister about what he calls the arrogance of current JUTC managers.



He says whenever he attempts to carry out his mandate JUTC officials tell him that the company has no money and he will have to wait until the company gets money from the Transport Ministry.



The bailiff also says JUTC officials have told him that the bus cannot be sold because only the company has a licence to operate buses of that kind in the country.



Sherriah says the Prime Minister should let good sense prevail.



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