All PPV drivers must be in uniform by April 1

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THE Transport Authority has reminded operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) that April 1 is the deadline they are required to be attired in uniforms.

In June last year, Transport Minister Robert Montague announced that as part of a move to restore visible order and professionalism to the transportation sector, the ministry was considering implementing a range of measures which included a requirement for the wearing of uniforms.

Minister Montague formalised the announcement during the Transport Stakeholders Conference which was held in February this year. Consequently, the Transport Authority is moving to ensure operators of PPV vehicles are attired by the April 1 deadline.

Under section 123 (a) of the Road Traffic Amendment (2005) Regulations, uniforms have been designated for operators of rural stage carriage and route taxi associations.

The Transport Authority, in a release yesterday, said after consultation with the Ministry of Transport & Mining it was decided that uniform for hackney, contract and express carriages shall be:

• Where operators are currently affiliated with a taxi or tour company which has an established uniform for drivers, the company shall seek approval from the authority to have such uniform and any modification to such uniform, approved by the authority.

• Uniforms approved by the authority from time to time for established sub-sector groupings, such as those regulated by the Jamaica Tourist Board, shall be worn by operators within that sub-sector. The authority shall make available to the public a listing of such groupings and any change to such listing from time to time.

• In all other instances, the operator shall wear a clean uniform consisting of a plain denim or cotton dress pants or skirt, which shall be black or navy blue in colour. Pants should also be ankle length, without perforations, patches or unapproved designs, while shirts shall be white Oxford type or polo shirts.

“The Transport Authority reiterates its commitment to making tangible moves to restore professionalism and order to the transportation sector and wishes to commend operators who’ve expressed a willingness to assist in this process as they provide an invaluable service to the country,” said a release from the authority.

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