Opposition MPs Challenge Road License Liberalization at PAAC

Members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, PAC, are raising concerns regarding the impact of Robert Montague’s proposal to liberalize the public transport system.

Members asked Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Dr. Alwyn Hayles, how well researched the proposal was before being announced weeks ago during the Minister’s Sectoral Debate presentation.

Last month Transport Minister, Robert Montague, called for all routes in the transport sector to be opened to whomsoever will.

However, at yesterday’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, MP Dr. Morais Guy, noted that figures provided by the Transport Authority do not support the policy.

The Permanent Secretary Dr. Hayles responded but came under attack from MP Peter Bunting.

Meanwhile, MP Fitz Jackson also questioned whether such a policy would have a negative impact on the struggling state-owned bus company, Jamaica Urban Transit Company.

The JUTC has been affected by decreasing revenues, rising costs and infringement on its routes by other operators.

Dr. Hayles says more has to be done to address these concerns.

PAC Chairman, Mark Golding, did not find that answer comforting.

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