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Taxi protests could continue until Friday — TODSS

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Protests by operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) across several parishes against the proposed amended Road Traffic Act may continue into Friday when the Senate meets.

According to taxi-operator group Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), while it will be encouraging drivers to return to work tomorrow (Wednesday) because of the numerous problems in the transport sector since the start of the week, demonstrations could continue.

Hundreds of commuters were left stranded yesterday as PPV operators parked their taxis, adamant that their issues and concerns needed to be addressed.

The new Road Traffic Act, which will repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, was passed with amendments in the House of Representatives last week Tuesday. The amendments have been sent to the Senate for approval.

TODSS today said that the two main transport groups will be meeting tonight and tomorrow morning to evaluate the two days of service withdrawal and “then decide on their next move”.

The group added that in spite of Transport Minister Robert Montague being presently overseas there has been at least two meetings with the Transport Authority.

It said that there are some nine issues that are "of grave concern" to be addressed by Government. “We are very concerned about the inconvenience of the travelling public and we will be putting that on the top of our agenda.

“Today's activities noted demonstrations in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Manchester and St Thomas and a letter was taken by hundreds of transport operators to the Speaker of the House of Representative today, a letter will be delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister, also the justice minister tomorrow,” the transport group said in its statement.

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