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Taxi association in disarray after president’s ‘resignation’

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The Bermuda Taxi Owner’s Association was thrown into disarray after its president abruptly resigned after losing a series of motions.

On Friday night, the association held its annual meeting at St Paul Anglican Church Hall in Paget – the first since 2017 – but attendees said it ended in chaos when dissenting owners demanded documentation of the president’s activities.

The membership resolved that they are to be presented minutes of meetings with the Minister of Transport, reports that the membership believe have been presented to the West End Development Corporation, and administrative paperwork.

During the reading of the treasurer's report for the period between 2018 and June 2021, a motion was made for printed copies of the report be presented to the membership within 21 days.

After the unanimous passage of the motion – that the members be allowed to have printed copies to read the official report as it was being presented – David Frost, the association’s president, reportedly resigned and stormed out of the meeting.

It is understood that Mr Frost and a member of the executive had to be separated outside the building after he stormed out.

His actions came after several points of contention were raised – including the possible reinstatement of two executive members after a motion was made finding their "expulsion" a few years ago was unconstitutional.

A source told The Royal Gazette: “The association is in disarray because the president has refused to turn over any and all documents relating to the past three to four years. Other executives do not even know what the president and secretary have done.”

“David Frost just walked out. It was an abrupt action, leaving many members to ask ‘why’?.”

Mr Frost's actions were said to have thrown the meeting into chaos and the source said the meeting was not adjourned or otherwise formally closed.

“It just stopped,” the source said. “It was put to the vice-president that the meeting continue to elect new officers – our first opportunity to do so since 2017. That did not happen.

“As of now, the vice-president has had to assume the role of the president until such time as a special general meeting can be held as can be arranged.

“With the resignation, we are – in effect – still in the middle of that meeting."

Another source confirmed the events and claimed that at one point police were called over the seating of the vice-president at the front table.

The Royal Gazette can also confirm that Mr Frost has sent out via WhatsApp a note rescinding the resignation and offered an opportunity to members to reclaim their membership fee – with a view to start a new association.

“They can’t do that,” the source added. “If you’ve resigned, you have to take it to the membership.

“I take it as that the meeting was adjourned and the vice-president should now be acting president, he should schedule a new AGM, but the former president is refusing to give up the association’s documents.”

Asked yesterday about the events of the meeting and the reports of his resignation, Mr Frost would only say: “I do not comment on taxi affairs.”

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Published August 09, 2021 at 7:55 am (Updated August 09, 2021 at 10:56 am)

Taxi association in disarray after president’s ‘resignation’

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