5 transport operators charged after discovery of fraudulent badges
Five transport operators have been charged and 2 others are being interrogated, after the Transport Authority detected operators using fraudulent badges.
The discovery was made during operations in Westmoreland on Tuesday.
Since then, the Authority has intensified road operations across the island to determine the extent of the use of fake badges.
Managing Director of the Transport Authority , Ralston Smith says the Authority will continue to take swift and decisive action against the perpetrators of this crime, to avoid any possible threat to the safety of the commuting public.
He is encouraging operators to resist the temptation from unscrupulous persons who produce the fake badges.
Mr. Smith stresses that the Authority has the technology to detect whether or not a badge is authentic.
The wearing of driver/conductor badges is a pre-requisite for operating public passenger vehicles under the road traffic regulations .
Meanwhile, the authority is urging PPV operators to use the legitimate means to apply for and collect their badges.
Badges to operate in the sector can only be obtained by applying to the authority, completing the training and maintaining a clean record.