KINGSTON — Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) operators and employees of the Ministry of Transport and Works and affiliated agencies can now enjoy reduced prices on products and services at 19 participating businesses, following the launch of the Transport Authority's (TA) Discount Programme.
Launched on November 11 at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in Kingston, the programme is one of the TA’s strategies aimed at strengthening its relationship with its stakeholders.
The TA's Board Chairman, George Johnson, said the Authority has been pro-actively seeking to identify opportunities to ease the economic burden on operators, while maintaining and improving overall efficiency in the public transport sector.
He said the discount programme “is symbolic of the significant progress that can be achieved even in difficult times through strategic public and private sector partnerships."
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, welcomed the initiative, noting that it is timely and relevant, futuristic in its outlook, and is a good model for meaningful private/public sector partnerships.
"I have long maintained that public/private sector alliances are critical to the success and growth of the public land transportation system. The discount partners who have already signed onto the programme, have bought into this vision (and) there are several other entities that have expressed interest in the programme," he said.
The Minister commended the private sector partners who have come on board to offer discounts or special treatment at various locations islandwide in the auto services, food industry, general services, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.
He implored bus and taxi operators, “to make use of this opportunity of discounts and benefits from this new thrust being embarked on by the TA."
Managing Director at LIME, the main sponsor of the event, Garry Sinclair, said the company will be offering a special discount package on its handsets and services.
“We are going to be offering discounts on mobile phones; we’re going to be offering various calling plans, mobile data services , including some blackberry service, to make it easier and more affordable for TA workers to communicate with each other,” he noted.
Also included in the discount package is the introduction of a closed user group (CUG) system, where TA members will be able to call each other through an unlimited voice plan for a low flat fee.
Participating discount providers are: LIME, New Kingston Pharmacy, Superior Parts Limited, Sun-Med Pharmacy, Simartsoft, York Pharmacy, Hi-Lo, Spartan Health Club, Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited, L&M Meats Limited, Innovative Superstore, Fit for Life Limited, Universal Shock Limited, Eyeland Eyewear, DHL Express, South Avenue Pharmacy, Handy Hardware Supplies Limited, Drug Care Pharmacy, Optical Outlet and Watts New.
The Transport Authority is responsible for licensing all public and commercial vehicles and regulating and monitoring public transportation in Jamaica.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter