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  • The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has concluded the consultancy process for the merger of the Island Traffic Authority, the Transport Authority and the regulatory functions of the Jamaica Railway Corporation.
  • The Ministry is now examining all the recommendations for the implementation and operation of the new entity, with a view to presenting the recommendations for Cabinet’s consideration.
  • The establishment of a single body will take responsibility for policy implementation in support of the effective and efficient management of the land transport sector.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has concluded the consultancy process for the merger of the Island Traffic Authority, the Transport Authority and the regulatory functions of the Jamaica Railway Corporation.

Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 28, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said the Ministry is now examining all the recommendations for the implementation and operation of the new entity, with a view to presenting the recommendations for Cabinet’s consideration.

He said the establishment of a single body will take responsibility for policy implementation in support of the effective and efficient management of the land transport sector.

In the meantime, he said the Island Traffic Authority earned a total of $44.9 million over the period December 2014 to March 2015.

This follows Cabinet’s approval for the Island Traffic Authority to: charge administration fees for a range of services provided that were not in the Authority’s list of duties, as stated in the Road Traffic Act 1938; retain 80 per cent of the funds collected by way of the fees as Appropriation in Aid to assist in the development and maintenance of the infrastructure, and to establish an account at a commercial bank for the holding of the funds which would be collected by the Tax Administration Jamaica, on behalf of the Authority.

Dr. Guy further informed that the Ministry has been taking steps to improve the aesthetics as well as the customer service at the Island Traffic Authority Examination depots.

He said over the past year, improvements have been made at the Spanish Town, Black River, Swallowfield, Lucea and the Montego Bay Examination Depots at a cost of $14.9 million.