Cabbies get training at Justice Academy

POSTED: 02/4/13 2:32 PM

St. Maarten – New recipients of bus and taxi licenses participated in a mandatory training last week evening at the Justice Academy in Dutch Quarter.
This training was organized by Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Romeo Pantophlet using experienced drivers.
The training was a nutshell version of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) training that taxi drivers took earlier in 2012 and focused primarily on hygiene, etiquette and conduct when dealing with passengers.

Otis Hughes of the Dutch Sint Maarten Taxi Association, Linda Cox of the Genesis Taxi Association and Sylvia Jeffers of the Airport Taxi Association, all gave up their time to train this new batch of bus and taxi license recipients.

Up-to-date taxi rates were distributed to the new license holders together with other informational handouts. Minister Pantophlet intends to repeat the extensive CTO training during the off season and to customize the training to also include bus drivers. Legislation is also being drafted to implement frequent mandatory training for bus and taxi drivers as a condition to keeping their bus and taxi licenses.

Minister Pantophlet congratulated all recipients of taxi and bus licenses and hopes that with the rising visitor arrival numbers, they will all be successful in their new careers and promoting to visitors to return back to the destination on another visit.
Further plans for this sector includes setting up a transportation committee to regulate the transportation system and beginning work on the changing lanes project. These key essential areas for Minister Pantophlet would facilitate a more professional and better organized public transportation system.

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