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Transport Authority reiterates that all transport operators must be licensed

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Transport Authority reiterates that all transport operators must be licensed

The regulator says steps by ride-hailing company Uber to get Jamaican drivers on its network may not eliminate the need for the company to engage licensed public transportation operators to provide its services.

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The American company started offering its services in Jamaica yesterday.

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Uber said that its app is available through a “vehicle with driver” lease agreement.

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“This model is legally permissible in Jamaica, considering the applicable regulatory framework, and has been successfully employed in other countries in the region, such as Honduras and Colombia,” the company said in a statement.

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It is unclear whether Uber‘s strategy is to piggyback on the 19,000 existing taxi licences, with 14,800 categorised as route cabs and approximately 4,300 being hackney carriages

Today, the Transport Authority noted that the “vehicle with driver” lease agreement being used by Uber is a new designation in the local public transportation landscape.

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It notes that the provision of public transportation services, irrespective of the terminology used, once deemed functionally as such, requires a road licence from the authority.

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It indicated that it previously met with the Uber team on two separate occasions when it was approached by the company intending to provide ridesharing services.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

The authority says that while it encourages diversity and engagement of technological solutions in providing services, it should be noted that any attempt to circumvent the provisions of the law will be taken as intent to operate illegally and not in the interest of good order or safety.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

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The Transport Authority is reiterating that the provision of public transportation services in Jamaica requires a road licence from the entity.

The regulator says steps by ride-hailing company Uber to get Jamaican drivers on its network may not eliminate the need for the company to engage licensed public transportation operators to provide its services.

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The American company started offering its services in Jamaica yesterday.

Operation Underground Railroad USA

READ: Ride-share company muscles in local transport market

Uber said that its app is available through a “vehicle with driver” lease agreement.

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“This model is legally permissible in Jamaica, considering the applicable regulatory framework, and has been successfully employed in other countries in the region, such as Honduras and Colombia,” the company said in a statement.

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It is unclear whether Uber‘s strategy is to piggyback on the 19,000 existing taxi licences, with 14,800 categorised as route cabs and approximately 4,300 being hackney carriages

Today, the Transport Authority noted that the “vehicle with driver” lease agreement being used by Uber is a new designation in the local public transportation landscape.

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It notes that the provision of public transportation services, irrespective of the terminology used, once deemed functionally as such, requires a road licence from the authority.

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It indicated that it previously met with the Uber team on two separate occasions when it was approached by the company intending to provide ridesharing services.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

The authority says that while it encourages diversity and engagement of technological solutions in providing services, it should be noted that any attempt to circumvent the provisions of the law will be taken as intent to operate illegally and not in the interest of good order or safety.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

Follow The Gleaner on Twitter and Instagram @JamaicaGleaner and on Facebook @GleanerJamaica. Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169 or email us at [email protected] or [email protected] .

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