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  • The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to implement a vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring system shortly.
  • Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 30.
  • “This will tell us where the bus is at any time, what speed is being driven and the fuel consumption. Today, when the bus leaves the depot we have no sight of it until eight hours later,” Mr. Montague said.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to implement a vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring system shortly.

Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 30.

“This will tell us where the bus is at any time, what speed is being driven and the fuel consumption. Today, when the bus leaves the depot we have no sight of it until eight hours later,” Mr. Montague said.

He pointed out that the experiment that was done revealed that the buses idle for upwards of 40 per cent of the time, adding that there was one instance where a bus was left running in a depot for four hours.

“This not only wastes fuel, but parts wear and cause overheating,” the Minister said.

Mr. Montague explained that the monitoring system sends an alarm when a pre-set boundary is exceeded.

“Whether it’s speeding, idling or routine maintenance, this system, by reducing idling, can save an estimated $125 million per year. The system will also allow us to electronically count our riders and automatically balance the fare returns,” he said.

Meanwhile, the JUTC has started to install Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on its buses.

This, Mr. Montague said, has allowed the workers to be protected, as when they are accused of poor behaviour the camera is an independent witness.

In addition, the Minister said the JUTC is using nitrogen in its tyres, as “this helps to keep them cooler, thus allowing the tyre to last longer and this saves money.”

“We intend to introduce more loyalty programmes to increase ridership on our buses. We are about to extend two of our routes to allow them to drive onto the ports, so that the dangerous practice of people crossing the road at Tinson Pen will cease,” Mr. Montague noted.

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