Minister responsible for transportation, Mark Vanterpool has announced plans to offer additional financial assistance the local transportation-for-hire sector.
While speaking with taxi operators during a meeting in Road Town last week, Vanterpool said the amount previously allocated to assist taxi operators to get their vehicles repaired was insufficient.
Government had granted $250,000 the taxi operators.
Vanterpool said his ministry is now holding talks with the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Trade to get more funds for taxi operators.
“We are discussing with them for about half-a-million more. But that’s taking some time because of the financial situation,” Vanterpool said.
“We are working on it and I am pushing that because you guys need that to get back on stream,” he added.
In the immediate aftermath of the September hurricanes, the number of available vehicles for public transportation was approximately 30 percent.
According to the Director of the Taxi and Livery Commission, Dameon Percival, that figure has risen to 81 percent.
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