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Transport Ministry Update on Licences

A new system for motor vehicle license classification will be introduced when the new Road Traffic Act and its regulations come into effect. Director of the Island Traffic Authority (ITA), Kenute Hare says under the new system the current classifications of Private and General will be phased out, and a new three-class system with sub-classifications introduced.

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Prepare For The New Road Traffic Act

Transport Minister, Audley Shaw says the Ministry is fully committed to the execution of Jamaica’s road and vehicular safety policies, in accordance with the United Nations Second Decade of Action for Road Safety. He notes that the implementation of the new Road Traffic Act (RTA) and its Regulations, which was passed in Parliament earlier this year, is a welcome sign that Jamaica intends to reduce the high number of road traffic deaths plaguing the country as well as the general indiscipline on the roads.

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Road Works For East Central St. James

The Government has signed a contract valued at approximately 167 million dollars with J&L Equipment Construction Services to undertake phase three of the Fairfield to Point Road Rehabilitation Project in East Central St. James.

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Team Jamaica Programme

The Ministry of Transport and Mining has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the training of operators in the public transport sector under the Team Jamaica programme. Under the agreement some 1000 personnel will be trained as Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) counterparts, as well as first responders and road safety ambassadors.

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PPV Operators Encouraged to Take Care of Their Health

Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw, is encouraging the island’s public transport operators to take care of their health and wellbeing even as they carry on the task of moving persons from place to place.

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JUTC Bus Restoration

The new academic year officially started on Monday, September 5 and is expected to be in full swing this week as more schools open their doors. With the resumption of schools naturally comes the issue of transportation for students. That in mind, Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw says some 100 Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses have been restored and put back in operation to meet the transportation needs of students and teachers.

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Island Traffic Authority Driving Abstracts

The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) in the Transport Ministry is urging companies seeking to employ drivers, to request driving abstracts from the ITA, to be informed about the person’s driving history.

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Transport Operators First Responder Training Programme

Fifteen individuals from across the transport sector have been certified as first responders, after recently completing the Second Transport Operators Blue Ribbon First Responder Training and Certification Programme.

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Transport Ministry Update

Transport and Mining Minister, Audley Shaw is imploring Jamaicans to utilize the nation’s roadways more responsibly, as road fatality statistics trend closer to those for 2021.

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Electric Vehicle Trial Programme Launched

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are gradually being introduced to the local market and with the recent launch of the EV Trial Programme, the Government is working to promote their use as a viable means of transportation.

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Road Traffic Regulations Passed

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2022 and the Road Traffic Regulations 2022 have cleared the House of Representatives, further advancing the Government’s road safety agenda.

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Road Safety For Children

This week on Duh Road, it’s all about the most vulnerable among the road using population, our children. How can you protect them from the dangers of the road and what can you teach them to help them protect themselves?

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Government Road Improvement Plans

The Government will be undertaking several road infrastructure improvement projects to create more resilient infrastructure, and to improve vehicular movement and safety on the roadways, with work to get started on a few projects as early as this month.

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VM Pension Scheme For Public Passenger Vehicle Operators

With just under 12 per cent of the Jamaican labour force being covered by formal pension arrangements, Victoria Mutual (VM) Pensions Management Limited has launched a pension scheme particularly for members of the Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) sector.

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PPVs and Road Safety

Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) operators and the commuters they transport have a critical role to play in making our roadways safer.

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2021 Road Fatality Breakdown

Four Hundred and Eighty Four, that’s the number of who lost their lives as a result of crashes on Jamaica’s roadways 2021. It represents the highest number of persons who have died in the country under these circumstances in the last 10 years, according to data from the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Transport Ministry.

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Travel Pal App Launched

It’s a New Year and the Transport Ministry is aiming to make public transportation even safer with the recent launch of the Travel Pal mobile app by the Transport Authority. Let’s find out how it works.

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Holiday Road Safety Part 1

Here are some tips on how to stay safe on the nation’s roadways heading into the festive season.

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