Jamaicas’ Cabinet to talk on UBER’s entry into country

The Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, informed that the provocative entry of California-based ride-sharing firm Uber into the Jamaican market would be discussed at the meeting of the Cabinet, which is to take place on Monday.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, informed that the provocative entry of California-based ride-sharing firm Uber into the Jamaican market would be discussed at the meeting of the Cabinet, which is to take place on Monday.

During a virtual press conference at Jamaica House, the PM stated, “On Monday morning, there would be a vital topic for discussion in the Cabinet.”

He further made the announcement that a Zone of Special Operation (ZOSO) was declared for the violence-plagued community of Norwood, St James. He added that “Coming out of that (Cabinet deliberations), you all would hear a statement as to the government’s position.”

Last week, UBER made an announcement that it had begun providing services in Jamaica. It had communicated its intention to do so three months earlier. Still, since then, there has been no word from the government about Uber’s entry into the nation or the terms under which it is expected to operate in Jamaica.

The Transport Minister of Jamaica – Robert Montague, has not yet issued any statement on the matter and remained silent. The Jamaica governments’ own regulatory agency – the Transport Authority, belatedly issued a statement on Wednesday which has raised more questions.

Based on the reports across the media in Jamaica, the taxi operators, in particular, are curious to know whether Uber, which is supposed to have operations in more than 10,000 cities across the globe, would be subjected to the same approval processes as specified by the Transport Authority and related legislation.

The opposition Spokesman on Transport – Mikael Phillips, has asserted that the Transport Minister – Montague, must give an explanation on the entry of the UBER transport services on the island so that in order to end the widespread confusion among the other transport workers and the commuting people.