Transport Turmoil Following Two Tragic Incidents



Thousands of commuters were left stranded across the Corporate Area and Portmore, St Catherine, as bus and taxi operators pulled their vehicles off the road, following a fatal stabbing Monday night and a dispute among operators of the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) and taxi operators.


The management of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has offered condolences and sympathies to the families of the JUTC driver and the taxi operator, involved in two tragic incidents in the past 36 hours.


Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms said, “It cannot be easy knowing that a loved one has gone to work, to provide for his/her family, only to find out that they were involved in an incident which was fatal.”


“In the face of the incidents, we have established a cool-off period, as we assess the situation minute by minute. The safety of our drivers and commuters is of paramount concern and so we are appealing for calm, while the matter is being investigated”, he further stated.


An emergency meeting is currently underway to discuss the developments and should include police, taxi associations and unions to quickly resolve the matter and to resume bus operations.


JUTC expresses condolences to families and calls for calm following the incidents.



Juliane Robinson

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