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Jamaica: 350 taxi and bus operators to be trained as first responders

Come August, 350 taxi and bus operators across Jamaica will be trained as first responders and road safety ambassadors under the Transport Operators Blue Ribbon project. 

President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), Egerton Newman, said the project is a game-changer and is the first step in transforming the sector. 

“For too long, Jamaican people have been seeing the public transportation sector with a negative eye. We want to change that perception,” he reasoned during this morning’s stakeholder meeting at the Half Way Tree Transport Centre. 

Taxi associations within parishes are charged with selecting the 25 participants and operators also have the option of volunteering themselves to receive training. 

It will cost just over $500,000 to train each group. 

“It will be an ongoing training as the first phase will finish in August of this year and right after we will start the second phase,” Newman said, adding that workshops have begun in St Thomas. 

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