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Batayneh says public transport sector ‘lacks organisation’

By Petra - Feb 09,2014 - Last updated at Feb 09,2014

AMMAN — Senator Alaa Batayneh on Sunday described the Kingdom’s public transportation sector as “fragmented and very complicated”, lacking organisation and cohesion.

During a monthly brainstorming session organised by the Consumer Protection Society, Batayneh, a former transport minister, also said that the sector has been marginalised and fragmented due to being monitored and regulated by several government agencies, adding that 86 per cent of the public transportation sector is owned and randomly run by individuals.

Poor public transportation services have led to a dramatic increase in the number of private vehicles, Batayneh said, pointing out that 50 per cent of Jordanian families own cars.

He called on the government to set up short- and long-term plans to upgrade the sector and revisit relevant laws and regulations, including the Public Transportation Law.

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