JUTC to beef up security

September 24, 2019

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) said it will enhance security across its operations following two incidents resulting in the deaths of an employee and a taxi operator.

The company said it hopes to have a phased roll-out of buses from its Spanish Town and Portmore depots on Wednesday morning.

 Paul Abrahams, JUTC managing director, said the staff at the Rockfort depot are tense and fearful.

“One can understand their unwillingness to go out, given that the driver who was killed was from this depot. We will be providing counselling support in addition to staff bus protection in the hope that this situation will quickly come to a resolution. Consequently, we anticipate that Portmore and Spanish Town drivers will show up for the resumption of service,” Abrahams said.

In addition, some 40 police officers along with private security guards have been deployed to strategic locations to provide static duty.

These include but are not limited to – the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, North Odeon Avenue, downtown, Chancery Street and North and South Parades.

JUTC Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms said "there is still a palpable fear amongst drivers and we continue to assuage fears so that they will show up tomorrow. We will continue to do all we can to resume full service to our commuters." 

Meanwhile, the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre is expected to be reopened tomorrow after it was closed due to a bomb scare.