Clamp down on rogue cab­bies and bus­men

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: AM very dis­grun­tled about the wan­ton dis­re­gard for cit­i­zens’ lives by public trans­port op­er­a­tors who bla­tantly ig­nore our road code. One just has to look at the way our taxi and bus drivers be­have on our roads.

How many more in­no­cent lives must these rogue op­er­a­tors take be­fore the Govern­ment and law en­forcers take ac­tion? Are they a law unto them­selves? They be­have as if the road was built for them alone.

One just needs to tra­verse Waltham Park Road, Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard and Red Hills Road, just to name a few, to see the wan­ton dis­re­gard these drivers have for peo­ple’s lives, es­pe­cially in peak-hour traf­fic.

Some roads are cre­ated for twolane traf­fic, yet they are turned into three and four lanes by these rogue op­er­a­tors. These buses and taxis are like a time bomb wait­ing to ex­plode, as there are so many near misses with in­no­cent mo­torists go­ing about their busi­ness. Can’t the po­lice be present on these hotspot roads to en­sure that the law is ob­served?

What I do no­tice is that the po­lice

Iare more in favour of set­ting up speed traps in­stead of mak­ing them­selves present in try­ing to cre­ate or­der in our cities and towns. Ev­ery rule in our road code book is bro­ken by these op­er­a­tors with­out any se­ri­ous penal­ties be­ing ap­plied to these drivers.

RE­VOK­ING LI­CENCES

Per­haps if drivers were los­ing their li­cences for com­mit­ting the same of­fence three times in, say, a year, we would have more or­der on our roads. Why is it so dif­fi­cult to rid the street of these law­less bus and taxi op­er­a­tors? These ve­hi­cles should be seized and turned over to the Govern­ment to as­sist with crime-fight­ing.

The prob­lem with our coun­try is that we al­ways have to wait un­til things reach a cri­sis be­fore we act. Why can’t we en­force our laws? The coun­try is in an an­ar­chic state be­cause of how poorly our laws are ob­served.

I am ask­ing the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to get the back­bone to en­force our laws and en­sure that peo­ple can go about their law­ful busi­ness safely. SHAWN WAL­LACE boun­tysw@ya­hoo.com

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