Taxi drivers who normally park at the Portmore Mall are now required to operate from the newly built Portmore Mall Transport Centre.
The new transport centre, located on Dawkins Drive, was established by the Portmore Municipal Corporation. Manager for Communication and Customer Service at the Transport Authority (TA), Petra-Kene Williams, shared that the change became effective on April 1.
“The Portmore Mall Transport Centre is a welcome addition to the transportation centres is St Catherine, and we have changed the road licences for operators,” Williams said. She is also calling on illegal operators along the routes to regularise their activities as “we will be monitoring the situation closely”.
For hackney carriage operators who use their vehicles as route taxis, Williams said “we are warning these operators that it is in their best interest to apply to change to their licence type to become compliant with the law”.
For his part, Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, said the $2million Portmore Mall Transport Centre was established to ease congestion is the area.
He informed that it was the operators who requested that the authorities provide a facility to prevent them from terminating on the roadway.
He said that the centre is well lit and has adequate security. “I am appealing to all the taxi operators to use the facility and stem the [congestion] problem that exists on Dawkins Drive,” the Mayor shared