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Transport Authority warns taxis to abide by colour coding specifications



Transport Authority | 2016-04-22 00:00:00

The Transport Authority is issuing a stern warning to operators of Hackney Carriages and Route Taxis to abide by the recently implemented colour coding specifications or face prosecution.

Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Mr. Donald Foster says that Hackney Carriage and Route Taxi operators, who fail to abide by the colour coding specifications, will face prosecution and may be fined upon conviction, in keeping with section 107(3) of the Road Traffic Act (1983). He says that all licenced taxis had installed the globe and colour coding for examination and re-licensing of their vehicles and therefore these items must remain in place during operation of the vehicles.

The Colour Coding and globe for Hackney Carriages are requirements under regulations 7(1) and 7(3) of the Taxis and Contract Cars regulations (1963). Route Taxis are also required to be colour coded and display globes under section 63(15) of the Road Traffic Act (1983).

The implementation of the Colour Coding, which is an international standard, started on May 1, 2015 with a March 31, 2016 deadline for compliance. Under this standard, Hackney Carriages must display a black and yellow (code: FFDE00) checkered strip between the headlights and tail lights of the vehicle, while Route Taxis are mandated to display a black and white checkered strip. All taxis must display a yellow taxi globe on the centre of roof of the vehicles, 12 inches from the windscreen.

In the meantime, the Transport Authority is reminding PPV operators that they must abide by all the terms and conditions of their road licences and the road traffic laws. The colour coding requirements are available at the Transport Authority offices and website at www.ta.org.jm.




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