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Public ideas to improve taxi service are aired

People have had “plenty to say” about improving the future of the taxi industry in Bermuda.

This according to Neville Tyrrell who yesterday listened to members of the public air their concerns as chairman of the Taxi Authority Review Committee (TARC).

The committee gave interested parties the chance to give a 15-minute verbal submission to put forward their ideas.

Four people, who each represented the interests of taxi drivers, discussed issues such as GPS, the availability of taxis and vehicle insurance.

Mr Tyrrell said even though they would have liked to have seen more people at the meeting in the Transport Control Department boardroom, those who did turn up were “very vocal with their ideas”.

Transport Minister Terry Lister formed the Taxi Review Authority last month to determine if the island needs a taxi authority.

Mr Tyrrell said: “Hearing people's views is going to be very useful for our final recommendations.

“We hoped for a lot more people to show but those people we saw were very animated, they were very receptive to what we're trying to do.

“It's going very well and we are reviewing what the Minister asked us to do.”

Mr Tyrrell wouldn't give away too much about what was discussed as the committee is to officially submit their report to the Transport Minister.

But he did say he was “a little surprised” that some things had not already been resolved within the industry. Mr Tyrrell also admitted there had been lots of talk about GPS, but this is not within the committee's responsibility.

The committee's official mandate is to consider the scope of the Taxi Authority, review the benefits of establishing the Authority, and determine how the Authority would function differently.

TARC is continuing to hold public consultations over the next few weeks and they will report their findings to Mr Lister at the end of April. Mr Tyrrell remains “ever hopeful” that the work of the review committee will benefit the taxi industry in the long run.

Committee members also include St David's MP Lovitta Foggo, who is the chairwoman of the Public Services Vehicles Licensing Board, Clyde Darrell, general manager at Grotto Bay Hotel, and taxi owners Owen Darrell and Irving Butterfield. Technical support has been provided by the Department of Transport.

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Published March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am (Updated March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am)

Public ideas to improve taxi service are aired

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