Egeton Newman, President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS)
By Warren Bertram
President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), Egeton Newman, is advising transport operators to pay their outstanding traffic tickets as they await the government's response to their call for a payment plan.
Speaking at press conference on Tuesday morning, Mr. Newman reiterated that transport operators are not seeking an amnesty or for tickets to be written off.
Instead, he said, they are calling for a payment plan which would help to ease some of the financial strain while ensuring they remain in good standing with the law.
While Mr. Newman insisted the transport operators were not seeking a pardon and their initial call for an 'amnesty' had been the wrong choice of word, he hinted that they did, in fact, deserve the write-off because the government has admitted that its "system is flawed".
He suggested that since the government is introducing a new Road Traffic Act, it should also work on improving its ticketing system.
But even as he highlighted deficiencies in the existing system, Mr. Newman advised operators to pay the tickets that they believe they justly received and challenge the others in court.
He said TODSS has already secured a legal team.
According to Mr. Newman, the transport operators have no plans to again withdraw their services, but if they were to retake such action, it would be to protest shortcomings within the road traffic system.
Among the challenges faced by transport operators, he noted, is the lack of designated loading and off-loading sites for taxis on some routes, which he said causes them to unintentionally run afoul of the law in their daily operations.