Witnesses in JUTC driver stabbing urged to speak with police

By Racquel Porter 
Transport Minister Daryl Vaz is appealing to passengers and witnesses to Thursday's stabbing of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver to tell the police what they know.
The driver was reportedly stabbed after he denied the request of a passenger to stop in a non-designated area along the Portmore to downtown Kingston route.
In a statement Friday, Mr. Vaz applauded the driver for remaining calm under such circumstances.
He said the safety and well-being of transport workers are paramount, and any act of violence against them is unacceptable.
Mr. Vaz pointed out that the stabbing of the JUTC driver is not only a tragic event, but also a stark reminder of the challenges drivers and essential workers face daily.
He urged all stakeholders to come together to protect essential workers.
The Transport Minister is also urging all JUTC employees to remain vigilant and report any concerns they may have regarding their safety while on duty.
In addition, Mr. Vaz said the ministry will have to consider its options to better protect JUTC workers "who leave their homes before the crack of dawn each morning to provide service to the people of Jamaica".

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