Taxi Men Cry Foul
BVI Platinum News | 14 Opinions
Published: January 10, 2017 8:06 am AST
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Taxi operators within the Territory are fuming and are up to their necks with the ill-treatment by the local Taxi and Livery Commission and its executive members.

As a result of complaints made by few taxi men, who wish to remain anonymous, BVI Platinum News understands that their outrage stems from the commission allegedly wrongly suspending operators and imposing vain fines.

“They are exceeding their powers. Casting down foolish fines, penalties and suspensions on the drivers,” said one operator.

Another chimed in, “It’s [treatment from the commission] at a point where we feel we’re being bullied; some of us who were passionate about the job, not anymore.”

Operators also challenge the powers of the commission, noting that it is not a liable body to take away one’s bread and butter by means of suspension of their taxi license.

“The power is not vested in them to suspend us and takeaway our livelihood. It should go through the court and the sanction be imposed there.”

One operator further alleged, “They taking away your livelihood for minor things like a curse word and most of the times these complaints on the drivers are lies from employees of the commission.”

Some of the drivers also claimed that the suspensions are deliberate, to a point where persons are banned from operating during the highest points of the season.

“Being suspended in the high season is not easy and they know it; this is when money and jobs are flowing heavy. We are taxi men, our pay is not a regular monthly salary. We make our years’ salary in 4 to 5 months in the high season and then it slows real down.”

BVI Platinum News contacted Mr. Damion Percival, Chairman of the Taxi and Livery Commission, who refuted the claims of ill-treatment towards the operators, noting that the commission is guided by legislation, “and that’s what we use to do all of our actions. We don’t stray from the legislation.”

Percival noted that the issue at hand lies in the operators’ lack of knowledge of the legislation.

“These operators cannot expect to behave in whatever manner they want and there be no consequences. Persons within the industry should know what the industry is about. They need to understand the legislation they are guided by, and once they understand it, their behavior will be different.”

He also spoke to the commission having the power to sanction operators for their negligence.

“The commission has its own court. It’s called administrative hearing and out of that, it can impose its own penalties.”
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Jonah | Report Abuse
Thank you finally someone stepping in to regulate these taxi drivers. I have vacationed in the BVI for many years and see a lot of careless, reckless down right idiotic behavior from taxi drivers. In any other civilized country these men would be fined and banned from transporting people... more
January 10 at 4:04pm | Like5 People like this.   Dislike3 People dislike this.
GeorgeB | Report Abuse
Take a taxi trip in Athens - makes Fast & Furious look tame
Take a taxi in London - suffer a prolonged lecture on the drivers religious or political opinions and maybe an indirect route and scandalous fares
A taxi trip in New York? - wild or painfully slow
Over many years always found BVI... more
January 10 at 7:51pm | Like4 People like this.   Dislike
what about the shuttle buses? They are collecting fares as if they are taxi! They pick up passengers from the ports take them to the charter companies , take them the the grocery stores , take them to dinner, take them the hotels after they finish chartering yachts and still go back and take them... more
January 10 at 3:46pm | Like2 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
Smokers Cough | Report Abuse
Where are these guys when you want a taxi late at night or early morning? Where are they when you pay them to take you home and they tell you they wont come up your road and to walk the rest of the way? Where is the courtesy to other road users and pedestrians?
January 10 at 3:41pm | Like9 People like this.   Dislike
get real | Report Abuse
1 - they need new training: advanced driving test + courtesy training. Currently dangerous

2 - they need a real system to cater to residents. Soon as the ships are gone, it's not easy to get a cab, harder later on after dinner.

Cost and non-availability issues make it tougher for... more
January 10 at 3:17pm | Like6 People like this.   Dislike
costs are uneven and made up on the spot. $25 for driving around a dirt road corner 1/4 mile which I walk everyday, but not with luggage. The taxi assoc is the biggest lobby on island and watch out for themselves. many owners have many taxis and monopolize system. Now no more late West End ferry... more
January 11 at 12:29pm | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike
Dragon | Report Abuse
I lost count of the times I walk past a group of taxi men and they shouting and cussing.
January 10 at 2:00pm | Like8 People like this.   Dislike
Just stop it! Some of you taxi men doing piss & don't want to be reprimanded. Talk about the blatant disrespectful behavior that you all carry on with infront of the tourists. Talk about the ones who flat out refuse to take certain tours, cursing in the tourists presence, yes you all... more
January 10 at 12:48pm | Like17 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
In other words, these guys want to do as they please and are upset when the rules are applied to them. "Something simple like a curse word.."?? What if your 8 year old child told you that? The pier park is not crafts alive and they signed berthing agreements with two major cruise lines... more
January 10 at 12:21pm | Like10 People like this.   Dislike
Too much vindictive people with power in this place. Shame on anyone who intentionally takes food out of people's mouths. Taxi drivers have families to feed just like the rest of us
January 10 at 11:08am | Like    Dislike13 People dislike this.
a big shame | Report Abuse
Look at this pic good.....I see about 4 lazy behaviors...who foot ain cock up , leaning up....walk around...assist the tourists with info....welcome them etc....I don't agree with the I'll treatment(if so) but some of the drivers really have some badddd attitudes....I'm speaking... more
January 10 at 10:31am | Like4 People like this.   Dislike3 People dislike this.
HipHop | Report Abuse
How dare anyone go against the taxi body, they are perfect they are a blessing to the country.
January 10 at 9:16am | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike9 People dislike this.
Me Too | Report Abuse
Get serious Hip Hop. No dancing today.
January 10 at 10:40am | Like2 People like this.   Dislike
Daisy | Report Abuse
Let them move with their selfish behaviour. Taxinig is the only business one cannot retire from. I understand that if you are 90 and you retire, someone comes insisting that he is going in the ship line for you. You could be in the States on vacation and man going in the line claiming to be... more
January 10 at 1:45pm | Like9 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
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