Taxi protest set to continue

JATOO President Louis Barton and ACP Devon Watkis
Uncertainty continues in the public transport sector Tuesday afternoon as taxi operators seem set to continue their strike over soon-to-be-enacted changes to road traffic laws.
Members of taxi associations and independent taxi operators marched to Gordon House Tuesday afternoon where they delivered a letter to Pearnel Charles, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
However, Louis Barton, President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), said the meeting with Mr. Charles offered little comfort. 
Mr. Barton will be meeting with taxi operators Tuesday afternoon to discuss their next move.
He said, while he is not in favour of road blocks and indiscipline, he does not want the protest to end. 
The taxi operators plan to deliver their letter to the Senate on Friday. 
In the meantime, the Police High Command has warned the protesting taxi operators that it will not tolerate any disruption in the public transport sector and the flow of traffic.
Assistant Commissioner Devon Watkis, head of Area Four Headquarters, said the police have increased their presence in the Corporate Area as a result of the protest.
He said security was increased around Gordon House Tuesday afternoon, however, he was pleased the taxi operators did not cause any disruptions.
ACP Watkis urged the heads of taxi associations to ensure that order is maintained. 

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