St. Maarten Taxi associations: too many taxis

POSTED: 11/13/12 12:48 PM

St. Maarten – The government has already issued more than 360 taxi permits and there are more underway. Three taxi associations have expressed their concerns about this in letters to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Governor drs. Eugène Holiday.

When the government fell it gave out taxi permits in a hurry, which led to this huge number of permits. The taxi associations therefore want to know how the permits will be provided and what standards the taxis have to meet. “We are not against the taxis that are driving here on the island; we are against the number that will grow if the government doesn’t take any action,” President of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association Ottis Hughes said.

The taxi associations will face a repeat by the current Ministry of Transportation which will lead to more issued permits in an already saturated market.  “This puts into question the procedures of issuing taxi permits and the economic advice on such,” Hughes wrote in the letter sent to the prime minister and the governor.

The associations are asking the prime minister and the governor to look into this matter as it can lead to economic and social problems. The associations are looking forward to discuss the matter.

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