Scores of people using public transport between Port Maria, St Mary and Ocho Rios St Ann had long delays Monday, July 29 in accessing their usual mode of travel.
This was the result of a massive operation by police and personnel from the Transport Authority (TA).
From as early as 8:30 the police personnel could be seen in areas where people normally wait for buses or are let down, in contravention of road licences that require operators to use the Horace Clarke Transport Centre.
Police emptied several buses and taxis and prosecuted their operators for infringement of the road code or their licences and bus crew soon alerted others of the operations. Soon many buses and taxis were withdrawn from the routes.
That meant many people waiting for much longer than usual outside the Port Maria Market, near the Parish Church and around Hi Lo Supermarket. The action of the police and TA, in Port Maria, meant people travelling west to Ocho Rios as well as those travelling east toward Highgate were delayed or couldn’t get their taxis and buses many of which remained off the road until early afternoon.
Jamaica Today was not able to establish how many tickets were issued and vehicles seized.