Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan, told members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that five 40-seater buses costing $115 million ordered by the previous management of the entity could not pass over the steep terrain of Mount Rosser.
Morgan said that employees of the Authority were being transported to a staff conference in Ocho Rios, St Ann, when the buses failed to surmount Mount Rosser.
"If I were making that decision in relation to buying buses for staff members, I would not have bought those buses because, quite clearly, they cannot handle the kind of terrain that they are expected to traverse."
He said that the authority made the decision to sell the buses to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC). Three buses were sold to the CMU on a lease to purchase agreement, with the final consideration being $60 million. In terms of the arrangement with the JUTC, the state-owned bus company is to acquire the remaining two buses for $36 million.
The Transport Authority has since purchased three 2018 Toyota buses - two Coasters and one Hiace - in the sum of $27.95 million to transport its staff in the Kingston Metropolitan Region.
The buses were handed over to the staff yesterday at a ceremony held at the offices of the Transport Authority on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston.