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JAMAICA | Begin public Education on new Road Traffic Act says PNP

People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr. Mikael Phillips People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr. Mikael Phillips
KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 29, 2018: The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr. Mikael Phillips, wants government to urgently begin the promised consultations and public education programme on the provisions of the new Road Traffic Act

In a statement this afternoon, Mr. Phillips said the Senate’s consideration and approval of the Bill was delayed last Friday on the grounds that the government would be consulting with sector groups and launch a public education programme.

However, the Shadow Minister said, since the announcement by the Acting Leader of Government Business in the Senate, nothing more has been heard of these plans from the administration, even though the matter is regarded as urgent.

“My expectation was that the programme would be rolled out immediately,” he said.

The PNP spokesman said there was a lot confusion in the public regarding the applicability of the new section of the Act on owners’ liability for electronic tickets.

He said many believed it related only to the taxi sector and not to other interests such as the rent-a- car industry, food distribution, automotive repair, public utilities and other commercial and industrial enterprises which employ drivers.

For this reason, it is urgent that the public education programme begins for everyone to know and understand their obligation under the new rules, Mr. Phillips said.

He said the Opposition would also continue its own consultations with other sector groups, including public transport owners and operators.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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