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Operators told to get livery permit this weekend ahead of cruise rush

The BVI is expected to receive 55 cruise calls in the territory before the year ends and the transportation-for-hire industry is being asked to prepare.

“The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is inviting all interested persons to obtain a livery permit on Saturday, September 18 from 9 am to 12 noon in preparation of the return of cruise ships,” the Transportation Ministry said in a media release this week.

Testing for the permit will be held at the DMV’s location in Pockwood Pond on Tortola.

In the meantime, the territory is expected to see its first cruise ship for the winter season on October 7 when Norwegian Gem arrives. That ship and four other cruise vessels are expected to arrive in October. They are expected to collectively bring more than 5,000 passengers.

Based on the BVI Ports Authority’s latest schedule, 15 cruise calls and 45,000 passengers are expected to arrive in the BVI in November.

More than double the number of cruise calls are expected in December.

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  1. Vaccinated? says:

    So will all -interested persons” have to be vaccinated to get a permit?? I surely hope so!

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    • 1st district says:

      @vaccinated, like that vaccine start messing with your brain. What part of vaccanine you dont understand, it DONT DO ANYTHING FOR YOU! You are just housing it in your body for ALL other reasons other than protection!

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      • still they come says:

        the vaccine deniers, in spite of millions of successful vaccinations, lives saved, hospitalisations avoided, and hundreds of gold-standard studies. You need help my friend.

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  2. Bubble says:

    These taxis and drivers got da bubble around dem. Those big ladies at DMV gonna be able to issue all dem permits in 3 hrs? They start half hour late all the time and end 1/2 hour early. Bring cash. Credit card machine broken since 2018. Lmfao.

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  3. No rush says:

    The vaccinated cruise ship passengers and crew will probably choose to stay aboard their ship during this season. So no rush for livery permits.

  4. Hmm says:

    Why not tell those school bus operators not to overload the busses with school kids in them.

  5. RW3 says:

    Will cruise ship passengers face any restrictions on movement?

    1. Many islands (eg, Bahamas, St. Martin) only allow cruise ship passengers to enter if they are on an excursion that was organized by their cruise ship. However St. Martin has a port shopping area inside the fenced perimeter of its port. Cruise ship passengers can roam on their own within this area containing approximately two dozen shops.

    2. Other islands allow passengers to enter and travel around their islands independently. However, they have a strict indoor mask-wearing requirement and by law, every store posts the same masks-required notice at its entrance. (Eg, the USVI has this policy).

    What will the BVI policy be?

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