The Transport operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) and the National Association of Transport Operators (NATO) is calling on the Authorities to extend the Start date to effect the strict uniform regulation for a public transport operators.
In a joint release yesterday, the transport Associations called for a 30 days extension to allow all Public Transport Operators to prepare for the wearing of uniform.
While speaking to Roots News yesterday Head of JATOO Louise Barton said the new regulation is welcomed, however the operators need more time to prepare
According to the Transport Ministry the new regulation will become effective on April 1, 2019, which requires all hackney carriage and contract carriage operators to wear their uniform.
Meanwhile Barton also disclosed that the associations are staging a six day silent protest which started on Monday and will run until Saturday March 30, 2019.
He outlined some of the issues that prompted the organizations to stage this protest
The Associations implored their members to where blue ribbon and affix them to several bus and taxies, as a silent protest calling on the Government to give an understanding and listening ear to our many problems.
They also called on all Public Transport Operators to turn on their headlights between 11am and 12noon each day.
There was also a revelation made by the JATOO head that the transport operators will be required to pay for the new tracking system for the operator’s vehicle, which was initially disclosed that would be free.
Roots FM contacted the Transport Ministry to get a response to the concerns of the Transport Associations, however up to news time there was not a response.
More details will be disclosed in subsequent stories