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PSOJ calls for solution to issues affecting transport operators

By Prince Moore 

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is appealing for a solution to the issues affecting transport operators to prevent further disruptions in the public transport sector.

President Keith Duncan said he has taken note of discussions about a payment plan for those with outstanding tickets.

Mr. Duncan insisted the PSOJ does not condone lawlessness, indiscipline or transport operators causing disruptions and chaos.

But he suggested the transport minister and operators "work constructively in dialogue and arrive at a solution as soon as possible" and prevent any more disruptions. 

Transport operators have threatened strikes, starting today until next Tuesday, as they await word from the ministry about the proposal for a payment plan. But support for the strike has been mixed, with some operators saying they will not join the indiscipline of a few. 

Transport Minister Audley Shaw told Radio Jamaica News today that the government will not be intimidated by threats of strike by unruly public transport operators.

He said the issues concerning the payment of outstanding traffic tickets are being examined carefully.

But he said people with outstanding traffic tickets should start paying now and those with large numbers of outstanding tickets need to ask the Traffic Court for a payment plan.