Transportation Minister Kye Rymer is calling on taxi operators to practice better vehicle hygiene and dress more appropriately while on duty.
“Sometimes you see taxi operators and the way they are dressed, I think, is a cause for concern. The way the taxi operators look and the way they present themselves to the guests is very important and I think that is something that we must take pride in ourselves to make sure,” Rymer said.
The minister further said he believes their vehicles must also ‘carry some sort of standard’.
“I know we go through inspections annually but I think once you are carrying passengers whether, from cruise ships or just picking up people, our vehicles must meet a certain criterion. It must be clean, in good working condition and roadworthy.”
The minister was speaking at a recent meeting where taxi and livery operators were invited to voice their concerns.
A number of issues were outlined and Rymer said the officials will now seek the necessary resolutions.
“The concerns are recorded. We will go back with a team and look at how we can address them because our intention is to make the transportation industry superb. We want to make sure that it works, we want to make sure that our guests — once they arrive to our territory — they have a great experience along with what our territory has to offer,” the minister stated.
Some of the issues discussed included the contention between taxi and livery service providers at the various ports of entry, the limited space available at the ferry terminal for taxi drivers to line up their vehicles while awaiting guests, the inconsistency of service prices between taxi and bus operators, among other things.
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