KINGSTON, Jamaica — Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Colin Campbell says the State-owned bus company will bill the Jamaica Labour Party for the repairs to the 22 buses that were damaged when the party chartered them to transport supporters to its mass rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew yesterday.
Campbell said all but one of the 22 damaged buses have been repaired so far.“In most cases they have damaged the vents in the roof of the buses to be able to get on to the roof,” Campbell said in a news release Monday.The managing director said the JUTC requires better behaviour from party supporters. “They must realise that the JUTC transports people all over the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) and that our bus crews and units must be protected,” Campbell said. “When they damage our buses they affect our ability to provide our usual service to the wider travelling public.”He said going forward, political parties chartering a JUTC bus must commit to the protection of the unit, otherwise the JUTC may have to recommend to its board of directors that the company refuses the business. “This policy will be applied to our two political parties equally,” the JUTC managing director affirmed. Meanwhile, Campbell condemned the attack on their bus driver. According to the JUTC, the driver was set upon by passengers who wanted him to drive with the bus doors open, so that they could hang outside of the vehicle. He was hit and was also reportedly stabbed at, but escaped further assault when a group of female passengers on the bus intervened to protect him. The JUTC says it has reported the matter to the police.
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