Director of the Taxi and Livery Commission, Dameon Percival wants the local transportation-for-hire sector to be given a share of the recovery funds being set aside for the British Virgin Islands.
While speaking during a public consultation on government’s proposed recovery and development plan, Percival said: “It seems like the taxi industry is completely forgotten in this whole recovery.”
He said the taxi industry was among the sectors severely impacted by the hurricanes last September.
Percival further lamented that the industry is not operating at full function.
“When we came out after the hurricanes, we analyzed that we were up to 30 percent carrying capacity. Right now, the taxi is closer to 50 percent,” said Percival, who added that taxi operators boosted their performance ‘all on their own with no assistance’.
“We didn’t know of these [government grant] programmes… But in your whole recovery plan, there is no discussion — nothing to mention the transportation-for-hire, which is an extremely important sector.”
Under the grant programme, business owners are able to receive financial support of up to $10,000 from government to get back on their feet.
Discussions to be had
While responding to Percival’s concern, Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee, Brodrick Penn said government was more focused was on creating and enabling a conducive environment for the taxi operators to thrive.
Penn, however, said meetings will be had to discuss whether the transportation-for-hire sector can get a bite of recovery funds.
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