Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
There will be no change to the provision in the amended Road Traffic Bill which has taxi operators concerned.
This was disclosed by Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, when debate on the amended Bill got underway Friday morning.
The concern of taxi operators relates to owners of vehicles being held liable for tickets issued for offences captured by a video camera.
Senator Johnson Smith indicated that the provision will remain and has been communicated to taxi associations in discussions with Transport Minister Robert Montague and the Transport Authority.
She argued that while taxi operators might not be happy with the provision, the measure has been successful in several countries, and so should also be successful in Jamaica.
The senator has urged taxi operators, in the meantime, to select decent drivers to minimise the possibility of these offences.
Senator Johnson Smith added that other concerns of the taxi operators will be dealt with, however, most of these concerns will be addressed under the Transport Authority (Amendment) Act.