Taxi Associations want more organization, regulation and protection

POSTED: 06/20/12 12:16 PM

St. Maarten – Two of the country’s main taxi associations have requested a meeting with Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Romeo Pantophlet to discuss 12 points of concern. The overall goal of the two organizations is improving the quality of service and the actions they want taken are aimed at organizing, regulating and protecting established taxis. Pantophlet has confirmed receipt of the letter and told the organizations he will call a meeting.

The letter, which is dated June 13 and signed by President of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association Ottis Hughes and President of the Airport Taxi Association Jean Samuel, includes a call for a moratorium on taxi permits, an annual budget for public transportation, a taxi stand in Philipsburg which could be at the back of the court house and across from RBC Bank on Cannegieter Street, taxi drop off and pick up areas at hotels in Front Street and the drafting of a law against the “Gypsy” operators.

The two associations also want to discuss training, a structured tax system for taxis, a test for the acquisition of help driver permits, improving the identification of public transportation operators and forming a committee that will lead revisions to the current legislation on public transportation. The associations want to have representatives in the committee. They also want the transportation ordinance and decree collated into one comprehensive document and the system for taxi permit holders to be revamped.

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