Cops 'clean' minibuses
Brian Bonitto, Special Assignment Editor
CORPORATE AREA police are intensifying their efforts to clean up the public-passenger transportation system. According to Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, head of Jamaica Constabulary Traffic Division, for the last two weeks, the police have been removing unauthorised markings from public-passenger vehicles.
"We intend to remove lewd images and writings on all minibuses," said Lewis, who is headquartered at Elletson Road in east Kingston. "Imagines of naked women and pictures of M16 rifles and 9mm handguns will all have to go."
Lewis said they gave operators one week to remove the artwork, but none complied.
"This morning [Friday], 11 drivers were arrested and taken to Traffic Court," he said. "A total of 89 persons have been arrested in the last two weeks."
Lewis, who took over the traffic division's reins in August 2009, said bus drivers were charged for unauthorised markings and graffiti. Each charge attracts a fine of $5,000.
"For buses without conductors, the drivers are arrested and buses will placed on wreckers then taken to the pound. This is in addition to them being fined," he said.
The traffic boss said tomorrow owners of these vehicles also be targeted.
Charged and fined
"Owners of these minibuses will be charged and fined for aiding and abetting."
He said the drive will soon be islandwide as instructions were to be given to other police precincts.
Lewis also warned private motor vehicles to desist from advertising events on windscreens.
"You too can be charged for obscure vision," the superintendent said.
Lewis, under his Traffic Enforcement and Anti-crime Initiative, has embarked several projects including removing DVD players and loud music from public buses.
He had parting words for users of the roads.
"Please, just obey the law and do the right thing," he stressed.