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Transport group says extortion in downtown Kingston reduced since SOE

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) says the present state of public emergency (SOE) in parts of the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region has so far led to a reduction in extortion in the downtown Kingston area.

“It is early days but reports coming in to the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services has noted that despite delays due to the ongoing road work, [with] the advent of the enhanced security measures, several of the collecting points for extortion [money] has been empty,” the public transport group said in a release this morning.

A state of public emergency (SOE) has been declared within specified boundaries encompassing parts of the Kingston Central, Kingston Western and St Andrew South Police Divisions.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who made the announcement on Sunday, said the SOE is expected to initially last for 14 days.

TODDS also said there have been no complaints over the flow of traffic at the various SOE checkpoints.

“It is our hope that this process will be sustained by the state and we urge all our members to comply and ensure that they are equipped with all their vehicle and personal documents at all times,” the transport group said.

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