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Transport operators plan protest strategy meeting for Sunday

Published:Friday | April 25, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Agitated public passenger vehicle operators have planned a meeting for Sunday to make a decision on how they will respond to the recent changes to the transport regime in the corporate area.




Earlier this month, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company took over several routes previously contracted to private operators.



The Transport Authority has also been rigidly enforcing aspects of the Road Traffic Act that prevent rural bus operators from picking up and dropping off passengers in the Corporate Area.



The president of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, Egeton Newman, says the move is oppressive and the operators of public passenger vehicles are devising a strategy to respond.



"We can't take it any longer," Newman said.



The meeting has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Hotel Four Seasons on Ruthven Road in St Andrew.



Newman said two lawyers are also scheduled to attend.



Yesterday, hundreds of St Thomas commuters were left stranded as bus operators withdrew their services in protest against the recent changes to the transport regime.



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