The Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC is seeking to allay fears concerning the safety of its buses.
Corporate Communications Manager, Cecil Thoms says the buses as a matter of course are routinely serviced and maintained.
The comment from Mr. Thoms follows a fire last night (May 14) which destroyed a JUTC bus on Hope Road. The vehicle was coming from Downtown via Mountain View Avenue, Kingston.
This was the second fire on a bus in recent days.
Mr. Thoms explains that the drivers are trained, that they disembark passengers as a matter of priority, in treating with these issues when they arise.
Meantime the state run bus company and the police have launched an investigation into last night’s (May 14) fire.
Reports are that around 7:35 pm, the driver set down passengers at a bus stop adjacent to the Clock Tower Plaza on Hope Road, when he was alerted by other passengers that there was a fire inside the back of the bus.
The driver reportedly ushered the remaining passengers off the unit with a view to putting out the fire with an extinguisher. However, the bus became quickly engulfed in flames.
Managing Director of the JUTC, Paul Abrahams, says preliminary reports from the police and the company’s investigators reveal that the engine compartment was not damaged nor burnt.
He says it is therefore clear that investigators must pursue a different angle.
The managing director adds that the company is grateful no one was injured.