Who will com­pen­sate me, Mr Hol­ness?

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: This is an open let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness. I AM a de­cent and hon­est cit­i­zen of this coun­try. On Oc­to­ber 9, 2016, I re­alised that the fit­ness cer­tifi­cate for my ve­hi­cle had ex­pired. I im­me­di­ately went to the Port­more tax of­fice and pur­chased a fit­ness fee.

The plan was to visit the ex­am­i­na­tion de­pot on the 10th.

On Oc­to­ber 9, I was driv­ing around the cor­ner from my home and went over a drain. A cou­ple of sec­onds af­ter, my tyre started to lose air.

Neigh­bours came out and told me that the drain had dam­aged the tyre and they have been re­port­ing this for weeks. I took the car to the tyre shop on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 10th, and was told that it is ir­repara­ble.

I just bought four brand-new tyres, I have no other funds to pur­chase a fifth tyre.

I called the Port­more Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil on the 10th and was told to take pic­tures and come to write a for­mal com­plaint. I went there on the 11th and stated that I needed com­pen­sa­tion as well. To date, I have not got any­where. The fit­ness needs to be re­newed and I will not go the il­le­gal route to get it done. It can­not be done with­out a spare tyre.

On Oc­to­ber 26, I re­ceived a ticket from a po­lice­woman, even though I ex­plained my sit­u­a­tion.

When will I be com­pen­sated for my tyre?

Who will com­pen­sate me for the cost of the ticket?

When will the drain be fixed on Ven­tura Av­enue in Bridge­port, Port­more?

I was told by the mu­nic­i­pal of­fice that the Gov­ern­ment will take long and I should give it time.

I was told by the po­lice­woman that I will not get that tyre for now, hence she giv­ing me a ticket.

I was also told by the mu­nic­i­pal of­fice that if I pur­chase the tyre with my credit card, I will not be com­pen­sated, as the cheque can­not be done in my name.

How long should I wait, Mr Prime Min­is­ter? KADIE MUN­DELL kadiemu­ndell21@ya­hoo.com

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