PPV Operators Reject Transport Minister’s Warning Against Fare Increase

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President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, Egeton Newman, is refusing to accept the Transport Ministry’s warning that it will not approve a fare increase.

For weeks, several Transport Associations have been clamouring for a 100% fare increase, pleading that they haven’t been granted one in seven years

But Transport Minister, Robert Montague signaled yesterday that he would not be approving the request.

He was speaking at the launch of a training programme for public passenger operators which is to start next month.

But, Mr Newman says he doesn’t know what message Minister Montague was sending.

And, he says he appreciates the training programme for public passenger operators.

Egeton Newman, President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services.

He was speaking with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid last evening on Nationwide @ 5.

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President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, JATOO, Louis Barton, says he doesn’t accept the media reports on Minister Montague’s utterances.

Louis Barton, President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.

He says the taxi associations will maintain their advocacy for a fare increase.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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