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Registry being developed for taxi operators

Published:Monday | February 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague says the Transport Authority, in collaboration with several national taxi associations and insurance companies, is developing a registry for taxi operators.

In a meeting with members of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) on January 31 at the ministry in St Andrew, the ­minister said the registry will contain data collected by each entity.

He pointed out that the registry will act as a reference point for persons who employ taxi operators.

“Now, we are gathering information on the number of accidents, the amount of points on their licence, their driving ­experience, the experience that the ­employer would have had with them; so when they go to drive for another ­person, that person can call the Transport Authority and get the background on this particular driver,” Montague said.

“The registry will provide information on the driver, their driving history and employment history,” he added.

The meeting, which was attended by members of TODSS included the ­presentation of a proposal to the transport minister outlining solutions to the ­challenges in the private passenger vehicle sector, to improve passenger experience, enhance security and driver utilisation.

President of TODSS Egeton Newman said the meeting was one of the planned activities for the year to engage over 34,000 stakeholders in a road safety ­action plan.

“Today’s activity is the official ­presentation of our one-year road safety action plan to the Ministry of Transport. Several persons who are here have been engaged over the last six years in these ­activities to reduce fatalities. What we want this year, as our main aim, is to have road fatalities reduced to fewer than 300,” he said.

The islandwide activities include four ­motorcades, 50 one-day training ­seminars and workshops for public transport ­operators, and the training of 300 ­public passenger vehicle operators in ­personal and human resource development.