Transport Minister Reviews Proposal To Delay Implementation of a Mandatory Vehicle Tracker System


Transport Minister Robert Montague, says he’s committed to a review of a proposal submitted to him to delay the implementation of a mandatory vehicle tracker system.

The proposal for a delay was made by the National Council of Taxi Associations, NCOTA.

Earlier this year, the Transport Minister directed that all public transport vehicles must be fitted with a GPS tracking device by April 1 next year.

Minister Montague says he gave the commitment for a review of the timeline following a consultation with route taxi associations from across the island.

The consultation was held in Mandeville on Thursday last week.

A statement today from the Transport Ministry says several taxi associations representatives who attended the consultation commended the Minister on the work he’s done since he’s assumed office.

Also among the attendees at the consultation were representatives of the Transport Authority, the Jamaica Ultimate Tyre Company, Montego Bay Metro and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The Ministry says among the key points discussed at the consultation was the issue of mandatory vehicle trackers.

According to the Ministry, the meeting was the nineteenth consultation in the series since Minister Montague took charge of the Transport Ministry.

The Ministry says Minister Montague also used the consultation to express his gratitude to owners and operators who refrained and rebelled against the plan to withdraw transport services at the beginning of the academic year.

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