Petra-kene Williams, Corporate Communication Manager at the Transport Authority
The Transport Authority is warning operators of public passenger vehicles (PPVs) to immediately desist from overcharging fares.
In a statement Friday morning, Transport Authority said it has received complaints from commuters that PPV operators are insisting that they pay more than the approved fares.
Petra-kene Williams, Corporate Communication Manager at the Authority, said the complaints are particularly in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) and Old Harbour, St. Catherine or areas where there are ongoing road works.
"We want to warn the operators to discontinue this practice. It's an unlawful practice; it's really something that they can be prosecuted for," she insisted.
She also advised commuters to report operators who overcharge fares by contacting the Transport Authority toll free at 1-888-991-5687.
The Transport Authority said its operations teams will be monitoring the situation closely.
Last month, Opposition Spokeperson on Transport Mikael Phillips said some taxi operators have been illegally increasing their fares due to the rising cost of fuel.
Ms Williams said the Transport Authority has been receiving the complaints since last week.