JUTC drivers protest police action against colleague

Drivers employed by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), operating  from the Portmore, Spanish Town and Rockfort depots have withdrawn their service in protest against an incident involving one of their colleagues and the police on Friday night.

The incident occurred at the Lay-by in downtown, Kingston.

First Vice-President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) Clifton Grant told Radio Jamaica News that the drivers are demanding that the Police High Command address them and give the assurance that they will be protected on the roads.

It's reported that the driver, attached to the Rockfort depot, was preparing to the leave the lay-by, but an unmarked police vehicle was parked in front of the bus.

He requested that the car be removed, but was instead instructed to reverse.

When the JUTC driver refused, he was pulled from the bus, arrested and subsequently charged.

Charges laid against the driver include, not wearing mask and resisting arrest.

He was released on station bail.

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