A national feasibility survey is to be undertaken in order to inform strategic decisions for the development of the public transportation system, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, has informed.
Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on July 10, Dr. Guy said the survey will also assess the demand and supply on all established routes and introduce new routes as necessary.
"This will provide the platform for a route rationalisation exercise aimed at increasing the viability of investments in the sector (the principle of quality versus quantity),” he said.
Dr. Guy pointed out that the exercise will form part of efforts to enhance and strengthen the licensing, legislative and monitoring capacity of the Transport Authority.
Other plans to strengthen the operations of the entity include: implementation of a suspension and revocation policy for recalcitrant drivers; and introduction of the requirement to provide proof of address for all applicants for road licences, permits and badges, he informed.
Minister Guy further informed that an extensive review of the Transport Authority and Road Traffic Acts is currently underway to provide the appropriate recommendations for amendments to the legislative framework for public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators.
Dr. Guy said plans are also in train for the re-introduction of via points on route taxi licences, noting that the removal of the via points has resulted in uncertainty among commuters as to the exact route to their destination.
"This has also created chaos, mayhem and congestion in the main townships across the island. The via points structure will therefore provide greater safety for the commuting public, in particular children, who may get lost, if an operator utilizes an unfamiliar route,” he explained.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter