Jamaica Police have announced the immediate removal of tints from public passenger vehicles (PPV) as the authorities implement measures to deal with the recent incidents of women and children being abducted by perpetrators posing as taxi operators.

Last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave instructions for the removal of tints from public passenger vehicles and Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent (SSP) Calvin Allen said for motor cars, no tint will be allowed on the back windscreen, no tint will be allowed on the two front windows and no tint will be allowed on the (front) windscreen, except for a six-inch visor from the top.

He told reporters that the requirements for the coaster and minibuses are similar, pointing out that the only difference will be the tinting allowed for the windscreen.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Allen said operators found in breach will be charged 2,500 Jamaica dollars and that fines are expected to increase once the new Road Traffic Act is passed in Parliament.

He said the regulations will also be extended to the State-owned bus entity, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

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