Commuters in St. Ann & Manchester stranded due to second day of protests

Dozens of commuters, including school children, were left stranded for a second consecutive day, as motorists in some parishes protested aspects of the new road traffic act.


Commuters in St. Ann and Manchester were among those affected.


In St. Ann, motorists blocked sections of the Brown’s Town to Runaway Bay main road.


IRIE FM News understands that as early as 5 AM, the motorists used burning debris, stones, and other items to block access to the thoroughfare in the vicinity of Minard.


The protest comes amid ongoing concern among Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) operators, about sections of the road traffic act.


Some of the operators who traverse the brown’s town to Ocho Rios route have also withdrawn their service.


The police and fire brigade restored access to the thoroughfare around 9 AM, however dozens of students and teachers were unable to make their way to school.


Principal of York Castle High school, Raymond Treasure, told IRIE FM News, that face to face classes were cancelled when he got word that the roads were being blocked.



Meantime, acting Vice Principal of the Brown’s Town Primary school, Alecia Shaw-Nickle said her institution was trying to reach the students who did not turn up so they could be engaged virtually.



Over in Mandeville, Manchester, commuters are also feeling the brunt of the protests, by taxi operators.


The operators parked their vehicles, as they called on the government to be reasonable, and to review aspects of the new road traffic act.


A taxi operator who identified himself as ‘Dada’, accused the government of not having taxi operators’ best interests at heart.



Another operator noted, that the same pressure being placed on taxi operators should be placed on reducing crime and violence in the country.



Dozens of students attending schools in Manchester were negatively impacted by the strike.


Principal of the Mile Gully High school, Christopher Tyme, noted that his institution took the decision to bus students from Mandeville to Mile Gully to ensure they had reliable transportation.


He said the school buses will be used to take students home this afternoon if normality is not restored to the transport sector by that time.


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