The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC), has launched a wide scale investigation into an incident involving a former member of staff who drove away a bus from one of its depots, which caused minor damage to a motor car in Grants Pen, St. Andrew, on Sunday, December 23, 2018. No one was hurt or injured in the incident.
According to reports, the former staff who was employed as a mechanic, came onto the compound in another bus which had reportedly developed mechanical problems along North Parade, Kingston. It is reported that the driver of the bus allowed the ex-employee to drive the bus back to the depot. It is further alleged that while at the depot, the ex-employee gained access to another unit and drove it out of the compound without the requisite security and operational clearance.
Preliminary assessment has so far revealed that the driver of the bus which allowed the ex-employee access to the facility was not aware that the former employee was no longer working with the Company.
“This is a very serious security and operational breach and the matter is being dealt with at the highest level. The matter has been reported to the Police and we await the outcome of their investigations”, said Corporate Communications Manager, Cecil Thoms. He said the Company has also met with its security provider regarding the security breach and is also conducting a review of internal operations pending the final report into the matter.
In the meantime, the Company has engaged retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Granville Gause to launch a wide scale investigation into the incident.