In light of the “Government’s decision to put the issue of the rental cars in abeyance until the September sitting of the House,” the Bermuda Minibus Association and Somers Isles Minibus Association “decided that no further action was warranted at this time” and the “minibuses were in service the entire day.”
In a joint statement this afternoon, the Associations advised: “The Bermuda Minibus Association and the Somers Isles Minibus Association wish to jointly advise the public that at an emergency meeting last night, it was the decision of our members, in light of the Government’s decision to put the issue of the rental cars in abeyance until the September sitting of the House, that no further action was warranted at this time.
“This decision of our membership was communicated to Mr. Leo Simmons, President of the Taxi Association at the end of our meeting. Consequently the minibuses were in service the entire day providing cruise ship visitors and visitors at the L.F. Wade International airport with transportation to various destinations on the Island. We look forward to working with the Minister to address our concerns about the proposal to have rental cars in Bermuda.
The statement was signed by David Burgess, the President of the Bermuda Minibus Association and Kevin E. Bean, the President of the Somers Isles Minibus Association.
Taxi Drivers Withdraw Labour
This follows after Taxi drivers gathered outside the House of Assembly on Friday, and said they have withdrawn their labour until Monday, with the Bermuda Taxi Owners and Operators Association President Leo Simmons saying they are seeking for the rental car bill to be “withdrawn completely from the books.”
Govt Tables Motor Car Amendment
Government recently tabled the Motor Car Amendment [No. 2] Act 2016 in the House of Assembly, with the Bill seeking to amend the Motor Car Act 1951 to include provisions for a motor car rental scheme.
The Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum says, “This Bill seeks to amend to amend the Motor Car Act 1951 [the “principal Act”] to include provisions for a motor car livery scheme including the types of motor cars that are available as a rental, the specifications of and licence duty for those motor cars, the licence fee applicable for the operation of a motor car livery, and for connected purposes.”
Bill Carried Forward
The Bill was due to be debated in the House on Friday, however following a meeting with taxi owners and other transportation stakeholders, the Government said they decided not to debate the Bill on Friday and will “carry it forward to the next parliamentary session in order to consult with transportation partners further.”