Commuters face challenges, as some transport operators withdraw services; JCF monitoring situation

Commuters in sections of the country are facing challenges this morning, as some transport operators have withdrawn their services.

They are taking action to highlight their discontent with the mandatory suspension of driver’s licences, for the accumulation of 10 or more demerit points.

The transport operators’ concerns have been brought to the government’s attention.

President of the New Kingston Owners and Operators Association, Conroy Nesbeth says the move is destructive to the lives of those who drive for a living.

Mr. Nesbeth says the operators will continue their protests until the authorities end the mandatory suspension of driver’s licenses.

Meantime, the All-Voice Transportation group is in full support of today’s protest.

President Lorraine Finnikin says the issue affects all motorists.

He states that there are other issues still affecting transport operators.

Some taxi associations have said they are not in support of the protest.

A meeting of public transport sector stakeholders and the government, to discuss the concerns  is set for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Daryl Vaz has called on the transport operators to let good sense prevail.

The police have advised citizens to remain vigilant considering anticipated disruptions to the public transport sector today.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) urged persons to stay informed by monitoring public advisories and its official social media pages for updates.

It also encouraged parents, to ensure that their children are not left stranded.

The JCF added that it is monitoring the situation.


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