“Minster Fahy’s smoke and mirrors listening exercise with stakeholders resulted in nothing more than the OBA moving ahead with their plans as they always intended, consequently all of the original concerns remain,” Shadow Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott said, adding that they have “engaged in nothing more than a political slight of hand exercise.”
Minicar Rental Legislation
His comments follow after the announcement that following meetings between Government, taxi entities and other transportation stakeholders, the proposed minicar rental legislation is set to allow for licenced liveries to offer minicars that are no more than 60 inches wide and 115 inches long, with seats limited to two and cc being limited to 150cc.
In addition, the Ministry said that “to assist the industry, we have agreed to permit the importation of second hand vehicles for use as a motor taxi, as long as they comply with the necessary restrictions.”
Lawrence Scott’s Comments
Mr Scott said, “In the case of the Government’s decision to go ahead with the introduction of rental cars which Bermudians clearly demonstrated that they did not support a legislative step of this nature to be taken – nothing has changed.
“However Minster Fahy’s smoke and mirrors listening exercise with stakeholders resulted in nothing more than the OBA moving ahead with their plans as they always intended, consequently all of the original concerns remain.
“I observed publicly then, that the introduction of rental cars would prove risky for our already congested road ways. Let’s not forget that as recently as this past July this island was suffering from a number of road accidents involving visitors. This then raises serious concerns about the wisdom of this proposal.
“In regard to the meeting with stakeholders nothing new has been achieved, ironically, the reported ‘compromise’ proposed by Minister Fahy that taxi drivers will be allowed to import second hand vehicles as public service vehicles, already exists!
“So instead of meaningful consultation and compromise, the Dunkley administration through Minster Michael Fahy has engaged in nothing more than a political slight of hand exercise.
“Finally as far as the general public is concerned, it should not be overlooked that Minister Fahy is introducing yet another competitor for the taxi industry while creating a natural monopoly for a business owner.
“Which would seemingly once again have the desires of an individual trump what’s in the best interest of one of the country’s most important industry. Unfortunately this has become the signature of the Dunkley Administration.”