Thursday 9 July, 2020

JUTC service set to cut at 8pm

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has advised that it will terminate its service at 8.00 pm on Wednesday, due to lingering safety concerns among its drivers.

The state-owned bus company said the service is expected to resume at 5.00 am on Thursday.

“We continue to meet and discuss the attendant issues with our drivers, several of whom showed up for work this morning.

“Meetings were held across all depots, and counselling sessions were conducted at the Rockfort Depot,” said Cecil Thoms, the JUTC’s Communications Manager, in a statement.

Thom’s said Wednesday’s phased roll-out of buses following Tuesday’s strike by drivers began on selective routes. These are – Spanish Town Depot - 21, 21B, 22, 22A, 23A, 26, 30, 31, 31A, 32, 32B, 44, 46 and 47;  Rockfort Depot - 83, 97, 99, 89 and 78; and Portmore Depot - 1, 1A, 3, 3A, 8A, 12, 12A, 16, 17,20 and 20A.

“We continue to assess the situation and hope to have a full restoration of service in short order,” said Thoms, while appealing to the commuting public for understanding.

There was widespread disruption in the public transportation system in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) on Tuesday when JUTC drivers withdrew their service. This was after one of their colleagues, 34-year-old Mikkel Donaldson, was shot dead in New Kingston hours earlier while working on a disabled bus.

The police believe that Donaldson’s killing was a reprisal for the stabbing death of 37-year-old taxi operator, Akeeno Britton, also called ‘Bubinile’, reportedly by a JUTC driver during a dispute along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Monday evening.

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