October 05, 2018

TRANSPORT AUTHORITY SAYS INCREASED APPLICATION FEES TO COVER UNUSUAL ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED

Kingston, Jamaica- 2018 October 1

The Transport Authority says the incre... Read more

September 10, 2018

NOTICE OF APPLICATION OPENING

Effective Monday, September 10, 2018, thru to Friday, November 30, 2018, applications will b... Read more

August 17, 2018

RELOCATION NOTICE - NRO POUND

Effective Monday, August 13, 2018, the Transport Authority’s Northern Regi... Read more

PUBLIC PASSENGER VEHICLES

Route Taxis

A Route Taxi may carry passengers paying separate fares along a designated route and can stop to pick up or let off passenger along the route. Route taxis must have 10 seats or less.

Route Taxis must have:

  • Red PPV licence plates
  • ‘Route Taxi’ written on the doors
  • The particulars relating to the route legibly printed on the outside of the front doors
  • A Transport Authority sticker on the windshield
  • Transport authority driver identification in the vehicle
  • The driver must wear a Transport Authority Identification Badge
  • The driver of every taxi should be in possession of a PPV Driver’s Licence

Hackney Carriages

A Hackney Carriage is a vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire or reward and which stands or plies for hire on thoroughfares or places frequented by the public. The vehicle should carry no more than three passengers who should be traveling together.

Owners of taxis, whilst operating a taxi service, are not permitted to use bus stops or terminals as these are designated for the use of stage and express carriage only.

Hackney Carriages must have:

  • Red PPV licence plates
  • A globe bearing the word ‘Taxi’ or ‘Hackney’ on the roof
  • A Transport Authority sticker on the windshield
  • Transport Authority Driver Identification in the vehicle
  • The driver must wear a Transport Authority Identification badge
  • The particulars relating to fares, mileage and charges legibly printed in letters of not less that one inch in height, on the outside of the front doors;
  • The driver of every taxi should be in possession of a PPV Driver’s Licence
  • Owners of taxis should own a copy of the Road Traffic (Taxi and Contract Cars) Regulations, 1963 which regulates the operation of taxis in the island of Jamaica.



    Stage Carriage

    A Stage Carriage is a vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire or reward, at separate fares for each passenger, and which travels stage by stage along a designated route, by stopping to pick up or set down passengers at designated stops along the route. The vehicle must have a seating accommodation for no less than eleven (11) passengers.

    The law also requires that all stage carriages must exhibit at the front and rear of the vehicle, the origin and destination of the route for which it is licensed. The person who is the holder of a licence to use the vehicle as a stage carriage may also use it as a contract or as an express carriage.

    Express Carriage

    An Express Carriage is a vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire or reward, at separate fares for each passenger and for a journey from one or more points specified in advance to one or more destinations. The vehicles must have a seating accommodation for no less than eleven (11) passengers.

    All express carriage must exhibit at the front and rear the origin and destination of the journey for which it is licensed.

    Contract Carriage

    A Contract Carriage is a vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire or reward under an expressed or implied contract, for the use of the vehicle as a whole and for an agreed rate or sum. The vehicle must not stand or ply for hire on any road or in any place which is in public view or to which the public may have access, unless that road or place is designated as one which may be used for standing or plying for hiring passengers.


    COMMERCIAL CARRIERS

    There are two types of licences issued to Commercial Motor Cars:

    1. Private Carriers
    2. Public Carriers

    Private Carriers

    Vehicles used for carriage of goods connected with the owner’s business, but may not be used for hire or reward.

    Public Carriers

    Vehicles used for carrying goods for hire or reward