Chairman of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Ronnie Skelton is promising to provide assistance to local taxi operators in a manner that could potentially grow the transportation-for-hire sector in the British Virgin Islands.
Skelton said the assistance would come in the form of concessions on import taxes if his PVIM team is elected into office.
He said: “We recognise the taxi men have problems in upgrading their fleet and we will make the importation of taxis into this country duty-free.”
Skelton made the pledge while giving remarks at a PVIM rally in Long Bush on Sunday.
He also pledged to do more for one of the territory’s main economic pillars – tourism – through sports and fishing.
PVIM plans to tackle insurance
The PVIM boss also promised to find a solution to the high insurance premiums that property owners have been facing since the 2017 disasters.
Skelton said discussions in that regard would be among his administration’s priorities if elected.
“We know that insurance, especially for your homes has gone through the roof, and it’s a domino effect. For those of you who rent apartments, and the apartment premiums go up, the owners have to pass it on to the tenants. And the tenants don’t have that level of disposable income.”
He explained that when rent increases, it creates hardships for tenants who would then fall on or under the poverty line.
“We have to have a discussion, and we have to have a solution,” Skelton said.
The National Democratic Party government, an administration in which Skelton sat up to recently, created an insurance tribunal last year to investigate reports of unfairness by local insurers. The Tribunal also mediates between insurers and insured residents with the aim of “enabling an amicable settlement” between both parties.
The Tribunal had successfully mediated 41 complaints at the end of December 2018.
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