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Young cop killed in Clarendon crash

The remains of Constable Jamie Robinson’s motor car (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Jamie Robinson, lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday. According to the police, about 6:30 pm the policeman was driving his Nissan Skyline motor car along the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon when he lost control ... Read More

A Transport Authority rep removing tint from the window of a public-passenger vehicle. (Photos: Karl McLarty) LIGHTS OUT
The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) says it will be intensifying activities against drivers who con ... Read More

Ryan Lue leads his class Rotax Minimax and could potentially clinch his second karting championship title. (Photo: Rory Daley) Karting season begins
THE 2017 karting season gets the green light at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on ... Read More

The procurement of the spare parts for the JUTC is intended to enhance the company’s capacity to effect repairs to its fleet of buses as part of its preventive maintenance strategy. JUTC to double the experience
Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) commuter bonanza promotion, Big Bacchanal Double Day, i ... Read More

ATL starts REV-olution

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 17, 2017    

(From left)  Chris DaCosta, head of business, Volkswagen; Damien Kerr, head of business, Audi; Petrena Purser, head of business, ATL Automotive West; Caroline Ziaidie, customer service manager; Matthew Stevenson, head of business, Porsche; Sam McKenzie, head of business, Honda; and Matthew Cripps, Group general manager, ATL Automotive Group, share lens time at the REV-olution launch at the Audi Terminal on Oxford Road in New Kingston last Friday. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

THIS year ATL Automotive Group celebrates 20 years of business in Jamaica. And to mark the occasion, the dealership is hosting the first- ever automotive lifestyle event, dubbed REV-olution, scheduled for March 10 to 12 at the Audi Terminal on Oxford Road in St Andrew. The announcement was made at the terminal to specially invited guests and event partners last Friday. The inaugural REV-olution will feature exciting car displays by the world’s biggest automotive brands, and will be a &l ... Read More

Gregg begins with a bang

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 17, 2017    

Despite the tough conditions, it was Kyle Gregg who secured victory at the Drivers Rallysport Club Sprint #1 at Lydford Mines, St Ann. (Rory Daley)

Kyle Gregg was the big winner at the Drivers Rallysport Sprint #1 held on Sunday at Lydford Mines, St Ann, when he claimed victory in the overall championship run. “It’s good to start the year off with a win,” an elated Gregg told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. Gone was the disappointment of last December’s Rally Jamaica 2016 when he lost a minute’s lead and had to retire due to mechanical problems, thus handing that event to Joel Jackson. Gregg took the ... Read More

PHOTO FINISH: REV-olution in motion

Friday, February 17, 2017    

Chantol Dixon, junior marketing executive, flashes a bright smile. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

RED-HOT dealership ATL Automotive announced last week it will be hosting a “motorised” lifestyle event dubbed REV-olutions at the Audi Terminal on Oxford Road in New Kingston on March 10 to 12, 2017. The event, which will be free to the public, will see huge deals on the brands under the company’s portfolio, including Audi, Volkswagen, Volkswagen commercial units, BMW and Honda. As usual, our lensman was at the launch to capture a few stills. Read More

Off-road pleasure

Friday, February 17, 2017    

Jeep Jamaica and Jamaica Off Road Challenge got local ‘off-roaders’ out and about for the first of their five events, the Off Road Kooler Party, at JJ’s Off-Roading Park in St Andrew recently. (Photo: Contributed)

JEEP Jamaica and Jamaica Off Road Challenge (JORC) continue in their quest to fill the need for local 4x4-themed events. Recently the teams joined forces to host Off Road Kooler Party at JJ’s Off-Roading Park in Temple Hall, St Andrew. The event started at midday and ended at 5:00 pm. “It went well, as we had a good turnout with lots of families,” Craig Powell, event organiser, told the Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. “The feedback has been great, and many of ... Read More

Toyota Jamaica hosts art competition

Friday, February 17, 2017    

TOYOTA Jamaica is inviting Jamaica’s youth to show off their creativity in the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Under the theme ‘Draw Your Dream, Drive Your Future’, children who are registered and attending school are asked to enter the competition by submitting their drawing and coloured art pieces depicting their vision of transportation in the future. “This is the second year that Toyota Jamaica is hosting the Dream Car Art Contest in Jamaica, and we see it as ... Read More

Do you agree with the decision to remove tints from PPVs?

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

Sasha Gaye Ritchie, school principal Yes, it should be removed so people can see what is going on inside the vehicles.

As of Monday, bus and taxi-operators were required to remove heavy tints from public passenger vehicles (PPVs) following instructions given last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in light of the recent upsurge in abductions, allegedly by perpetrators posing as taxi operators. The Jamaica Observer West’s Alan Lewin took to the streets of western Jamaica earlier this week and asked: “Do you agree with the decision to have tints removed from PPVs?” Here are some of the ... Read More

Commuters at risk

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 10, 2017    

Taxis at a rural town square.

The Sunday Observer of February 5, 2017 Covering the Courts column reported on a taxi driver who had injured his ex-girlfriend with a knife after accusing her of infidelity. After being found guilty by the judge in the St Andrew Parish Court, the driver admitted he was previously convicted for robbery with aggravation. The judge then ordered the police to produce the driver’s criminal record. In a time when many Jamaicans are concerned about the violent nature of local taxi operators and ... Read More

Lue crowned karting’s finest

Friday, February 10, 2017    

Ryan Lue collected his second Abe Ziadie Memorial Trophy, local karting’s highest honour, on Sunday at the Jamaica Karting Association Awards ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel. Photo: Contributed

Ryan Lue was crowned top karter for 2016 on Sunday, February 5, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston after securing his second Abe Ziadie Memorial Trophy. The trophy is the highest honour from the Jamaica Karting Association and goes to the karter who amassed the most points in their class over the season. “It feels good to win again and it was a better feeling this year than last year to collect the trophy,” he told Auto. Lue, who took back-to-back wins in the overall standi ... Read More

Riders get life lessons

Friday, February 10, 2017    

Riders are taught real-world skills that help them handle a motorcycle properly and with confidence. Photo: Rory Daley

Motorcycle Safety workshop Back to Basics (BTB) was held on Sunday, February 5 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, in continuation of its mantra of educating Jamaica’s motorcycle users in order to reduce their rising fatality numbers. “Our business is like no other. The level of success is dictated not by profit, but by the lives saved,” Tarik Kiddoe, BTB conceptualiser, told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. “We hope the improvements that we see in riding ... Read More

PHOTO FINISH - HONDA CIVIC: Luxury, sportiness and practicality

Friday, February 10, 2017    

Photos: Rory Daley

The 10th-generation Honda Civic is a refinement of one of Honda’s oldest nameplates. The new Civic blurs the lines between luxury, sportiness, and everyday practicality. While defined as a compact sedan, it’s anything but such, offering plenty of passenger and cargo space to match or best its class rivals. All units come equipped with remote engine start, LED daytime running lights, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, WiFi connectivity, and HDMI Inputs to allow full use of the 7-inch tou ... Read More



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