President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), Louis Barton, would like to see taxi operators who continue to flout COVID-19 protocols penalised, given that they come in contact with as many as two million commuters on a daily basis.
Barton said that while some taxi operators have been trying to protect themselves and their passengers by wearing masks, and sanitising their vehicles, this has not been the case for all.
“There are many of us who are not obeying the rules. We are not carrying out the recommendations by the Transport Authority or by the Ministry of Health,” he admitted yesterday during a virtual press conference organised by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
“We as an association can only appeal to our members to do the right thing. Some of our members will follow us, some will just dismiss us,” he said.