Transport Authority, Regulation of Public Passenger Vehicles (PPVs)
The Transport Authority’s (TA) regulatory role in the provision of efficient and effective public passenger transport system is key to the development of a modernized public transport system, an objective of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 National Development Plan (NDP). TA’s mission is to provide close and effective monitoring of the transportation system and enforce all laws, regulations and agreements relating to public transportation.
The core operational costs of the Transport Authority which relates to its monitoring and enforcement activities, totaled $4.8 billion between 2012-13 and 2016-17 moving from $792 million in 2012-13 to 1.2 billion in 2016-17. However our audit found that TA was not effective in stemming illegal activities and as such, we were not assured that TA received value for money spent in that regard. Further TA did not use its resources effectively in asses risks and managing its relationship with stakeholders, which has eroded public confidence. A key strategy and action under Vision 2030 NDP is the development of the proposed long term plan for the public transport sector by 212; which includes creation of a single Road Authority and strengthened capacity to regulate, license and monitor land transport. However this is yet to materialize.