Jamaica bans ridesharing apps after death of schoolteacher

There is a ban in Jamaica on the increasingly popular ridesharing or ride-hailing apps with immediate effect. The Minister of Transport, Daryl Vaz announced the ban while making his contribution to the 2024/25 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.

The ban comes a day after the police announced that remains they discovered in Salt River, Clarendon on Monday, are believed to be those of missing St Peter Claver Primary and Infant School teacher, Danielle Anglin.The school teacher went missing on May 13 while on her way to school from her Hellshire, St Catherine home, where she had reportedly chartered a cab via Indrive.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, has revealed that the suspect believed to be responsible for Anglin’s kidnapping and subsequent murder was arrested back in 2015 on sexual assault charges. He also lamented that the lack of communication between the police and rideshare companies “poses a serious challenge to our investigative efforts”.

News Source: @jamaicaobserver