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FIFTEEN PERCENT FARE ADJUSTMENT COME AUGUST SIXTEEN

Effective August 16, 2021, commuters can expect a 15% fare adjustment in bus and taxi fares, says the Transport Authority.Following several and varying requests for an increase, Cabinet noted the situation, reviewed the requests, along with the economic impact of the pandemic on the general public and the resultant effect of the rate of inflation, and sought to find a solution. It is believed that this adjustment, after eight years, created the right balance for all parties.Consultations with the Ministry of Finance and Public Service indicate that this increase will affect national inflation by approximately 1%.The Transport Ministry outlines that a number of initiatives have been undertaken to improve the sector in order to improve service delivery.The Transport Authority and the Ministry, along with National Council of Taxi Associations (NCOTA), have engaged the Taxi Associations to help rid the sector of “bad eggs”, by providing extensive customer service training for operators. Additionally, the recent staging of the Transport Stakeholders Conference, the establishment of a hotline to report deviant behaviour which may result in the cancelation and suspension of road licenses and badges; the introduction of technologies to assist with ride sharing; along with the Ministry and the Authority’s part sponsorship of the Blue Ribbon First Responders Training Programme, an initiative spearheaded by the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), have all been used as means to transform the sector.While these improvements may be considered small steps, they are steps in the right direction and the Ministry remains dedicated to putting in the work to make a transformation.The Ministry further outlines that amendments to the Transport Authority Act are far advanced, as well as the regulations to the Road Traffic Act, 2018.Meanwhile, the rate for the elderly, the disabled and children will remain at 50% of the adult fare. There will be no change to the fare for the JUTC and Montego Bay Metro. The Transport Ministry further warns operators that no additional fares should be charged, stressing that the Transport Authority will be working steadfast in ensuring this is monitored and maintained. Members of the public are encouraged to report overcharging to the Transport Authority at 888-991-5687 or Whatsapp 876-551-8196.

TRANSPORT AUTHORITY URGES TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PROVIDERS TO ABIDE BY THE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ACT

The Transport Authority is urging operators of licenced public transportation vehicles to ensure they abide by the provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Act by only transporting passengers during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.The Authority says that under Section 10 (5) of the Disaster Risk Management Act the hours of operations for public transportation is now 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is consistent with the national curfew. Under the Act, public transportation operators are allotted an additional hour between 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to transport themselves ONLY to and from work. Operators are therefore being reminded that it is a breach of the Act to transport passengers outside of the prescribed timeframes. Contact:Petra-kene Williams, Manager, Corporate CommunicationsCell: 876-579-6097 / Tel: 876-936-0610

TRANSPORT AUTHORITY TO EXTEND DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ROAD LICENCE AND COMMERCIAL CARRIERS APPLICATIONS, AS IT ROLLS OUT MANDATORY ONLINE APPLICATIONS EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020

Minister of Transport and Mining, Honourable Robert Montague, has directed the Transport Authority to extend the deadline for submission of PPV road licence and commercial carriers’ applications, waive the late fees up to May 29, 2020 and allow new applicants to submit Police Records up to October 14, 2020. These changes will take effect on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.Therefore, come April 15, 2020 public passenger vehicle road licence and commercial carriers’ applications must be completed on the Authority’s online application portal at www.ta.org.jm. To access the online application portal, customers must have an active email account and either credit, visa debit or prepaid credit cards to make payment. Additionally, new road licence applicants will be allowed up to six months (by October 14, 2020) to submit Police Records.Meanwhile, new and renewal Route Taxi licence applications will not attract any late fees up to the May 29, 2020 and these must be done through any of their respective approved Route Taxi Associations.Persons requiring support with their online application may contact the Authority’s Customer Centre at 1-888-991-5687 during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily and where necessary the customer care representative will recommend an appointment in office. Person without an appointment, who attend the Authority’s offices for these service will attract a penalty of $10,000.00.Minister Montague says the foregoing measures are to reduce the risk of exposure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.Contact:Petra-kene Williams, Manager, Corporate CommunicationsCell: 876-579-6097/ Tel: 876-936-0610

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Once you have determined the type of road licence you would like to apply for, you need to get the relevant application form, as well as requirement sheet from any of the Transport Authority offices or download it from our website at www.ta.org.jm. This should be filled out and submitted with the relevant documents and fee for the applicable type of licence. Applications may be submitted in office or on-line.

Persons who want to apply for Route Taxi licences should visit their respective Route Taxi Associations.

No, the Transport Authority has made the provision for all road licences to be renewed before the expiration date. The licensing renewal period usually begins in Mid-February of each year and your road licence will be valid until the following year March 31st. For information on the specific date for renewals each year, please contact us at 876-926-8912.

Back year charges apply when a licence holder has been operating without renewing the road licence. Whenever a road licence is not currently in use, it is required that the licence be surrendered, otherwise one will be required to pay all fees for the amount of years the licence was expired if you wish to renew said licence. However, for Public Passenger vehicle licences there are restrictions on renewals after the licence has expired in excess of a year. Contact our office for details.

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