Public transport dispatch unit to be established

Communications and Works Minister Hon. Kye M. Rymer said a public transport dispatch unit and taxi fare review are underway to support the highest standards of service to visitors and to the traveling public.

Hon Rymer said the unit will be responsible for organizing the movement of people to and from all entry points, while ensuring that a fair remuneration mechanism is in place between taxi operators and of livery.

Hon. Rymer said: “The official taxi fare came into effect on November 26, 2010; marking twelve years since the last official review. The Virgin Islands has grown, and consideration must be given to the rising cost of living over the past decade, as well as developed areas that are not within the existing tariff.

The minister said that in an effort to address the port security challenge that often acts as taxi dispatchers in ports, the commission proposes to develop a public transport dispatch unit to alleviate these problems.

“The commission is responsible for educating and training dispatchers so that all individuals are aware of taxi regulations,” the minister said.

The Honorable Rymer, in conjunction with the Taxi and Livery Commission, invites all public transport operators and for-hire transport industry stakeholders to a meeting on Monday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. at the Boardroom Tortola, Maria’s by the Hotel de la Mer.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the revision of taxi fares and the public transport dispatch unit. For questions or concerns, individuals can call 496-6835.

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