Taxi operators get one-week extension to be attired in uniforms

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TAXI drivers who operate hackney and contract carriage services have been given a one-week extension, until April 8, to be attired in uniforms.

The transport ministry, in a release, said under this regime, the uniform for hackney, contract and express carriages shall be as follows:

• 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 Transport Authority to have such uniform and any modification to such uniform approved by the authority. Upon approval, the said uniform shall be gazetted 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 (jeans) 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 ministry said existing route taxi and rural stage carriage operators are expected to continue wearing their approved uniforms.

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