Transport operator group promises a more disciplined sector this year
The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Service (TODSS) is to officially launch its 2020 Road Safety Awareness campaign on Sunday, January 19 at the Mountain View New Testament Church of God in Kingston.
According to a TODSS release, the focus of the organisation for this year is to strive for order in the sector, as well as to lobby Government for a policy to guarantee investment security.
"This year's plan will focus on order in the sector, while at the same time lobbying Government at the highest level to ensure that policy for the sector includes sustainable investment security," the release from the TODSS stated.
"We assure Jamaica and especially the travelling public that a greater level of discipline will be noted in the sector (this year)," it added.
In the meantime, the Edgeton Newton-led TODSS is appealing for a national partnership to address social disorder in the transport and other sectors of the society.
"We have to speak to the public transport sector because it is our sectors and we have to take responsibility for the breakdown in discipline among our cohorts," the TODSS release read.
"It is clear that a breakdown in social values and norms in any group represents the conditions of the society by way of poor leadership.
“The public transport sector is calling for that consensus, a call for national support to improve the social and economic conditions in the sector."
The TODSS said the heavy-handed approach that has been employed by the Government to address the issues in the transport sector, is not the solution.
"We are aware that Government's interest in addressing order is by way of strong-arm enforcement, but that will not address the deep-rooted factors that give rise to such conditions," the TODSS stated.
"While we are doing everything we can to lift the standard of the sector players, a national cohesive social plan is what is needed," it concluded