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  • As part of its continued efforts to ensure discipline and order in the public transport system, the Transport Authority (TA) has added 61 new route inspectors to its Inspectorate Division.
  • The inspectors, who graduated on Friday (October 31) at a ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ), in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, are the first cohort to be trained at the NPCJ headquarters.
  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, in his address, told the graduates that they have been trained to play an important role in the development and maintenance of a critical sector.

As part of its continued efforts to ensure discipline and order in the public transport system, the Transport Authority (TA) has added 61 new route inspectors to its Inspectorate Division.

The inspectors, who graduated on Friday (October 31) at a ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ), in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, are the first cohort to be trained at the NPCJ headquarters.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, in his address, told the graduates that they have been trained to play an important role in the development and maintenance of a critical sector.

Dr. Davies argued that an organised transportation system is vital to the economy and the society in many ways.

“An organised transportation system is critical, so that children can get to school; so that people can get to work punctually, and it is also critical for social interaction,” he said.

“What you’re involved in, don’t just see it as a work. This sector is as important, in terms of the operations of the economy and the society, as any other sector,” Dr. Davies told the graduates.

The  Minister also noted that the new inspectors were a significant part of the building of a stronger and more efficient Transport Authority.

“Perhaps the most critical aspect of developing the capabilities of the Transport Authority is development of the human resources. What this course, therefore, represents is not just a one-off occurrence, but rather part of the overall plan to systematically improve the quality of the human resources, who would be servicing the Authority,” Dr. Davies said.

He stressed the need for adherence to the principles of integrity, noting that his Ministry has a zero tolerance approach towards corrupt actions or the abuse of authority.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic Headquarters, Calvin Allen, who addressed the graduates on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, urged them to discharge their duties with professionalism, integrity and care.

“You are no longer just an individual, but a key representative of a crucial part of the enforcement arm of the State. You, therefore, have a critical role to play,” he said.

For his part, Chairman, Transport Authority, Norton Hinds, encouraged the inspectors to grasp this job opportunity and to make the best of it, noting that each of them has what it takes to be a leader.