Minister: Stakeholder Group To Iron Out Issues

July 17, 2016

Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy thanked all the minibus and taxi drivers that remained on the road providing services, and said he will be “reaching out to industry partners to form a stakeholder group as agreed to iron out a number of issues.”

Government recently tabled the Motor Car Amendment [No. 2] Act 2016 in the House of Assembly, and it was due to be debated, however 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.”

The Renault Twizy, which is one of the vehicles under consideration:

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On Friday, some taxi drivers gathered outside the House of Assembly, saying they have withdrawn their labour until Monday, with the Bermuda Taxi Owners and Operators Association President Leo Simmons saying they are seeking for the rental car bill to be “withdrawn completely from the books.”

Noting the Government’s decision to delay the debate in the House, the Bermuda Minibus Association and Somers Isles Minibus Association said that minibuses were in service, and “they look forward to working with the Minister to address our concerns about the proposal to have rental cars in Bermuda.”

Some taxis could be seen on the roads this weekend, and in an email to Bernews earlier today, the Bermuda Island Taxi company said they would like to inform everyone that the dispatching company [295-4141] is back in business, with the office having opened this morning at 8am.

Taxis seen outside the Hamilton Princess yesterday:


Minister Fahy said, “I would like to thank all those mini buses and taxis that remained on the road providing services to Bermudians and visitors alike, as well as to thank the WEDCO and TCD transport officers for their commitment during the taxi disruption on Friday and Saturday.

“I am looking forward to further discussions and believe we can find a way forward. Throughout the weekend there was constant contact with the President of the BTOA for which I am grateful.

“I will shortly be reaching out to industry partners to form a stakeholder group as agreed to iron out a number of issues that I have heard about over the last few weeks in addition to review the Motor Car Amendment [No 2] Act 2016.”

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  1. takbir Sharrieff says:

    Fahy blunder,again,the Devil’s advocate.I some circles he is called ,the carpetbagger.Every time the O.B.A. wants to push something through, they call on the ,,,,devils advocate ,,,to test the waters,He has no political credibility so he just gets a paycheck to play advocate for the real ,,,devils,who hide behind him…yawn,,,.that why I say O.B.A.means Old -Business-Again like U.B.P. meant United Business Party.Same old,,,same old,,,,yawn.

  2. Done with all of you says:

    It’s so sad that you taxi drivers could not stick together. I guess immediate money speaks louder. What about your future? 2 days loss of money would have been better than what your going to lose in the coming years.

    • Onion says:

      We are ALL going to gain in the coming years by removing this huge barrier to tourism.

      This will be good for all of us. The taxi drivers are just being selfish.

    • swing voter says:

      if you wanna pay their bills then Im sure more would have willingly stayed off the road. The rental cars will compete with rental cycles, and hopefully replace them entirely

    • Gone are the days when we had soldiers who had a sense of fortitude who sacrificed against ALL odds to withstand from de greedy wealthy merchants that ran Bermuda (and their offspring still do).
      Now we have a generation of weak subordinates who worship de dollar and dont have no b@!!$, totally disrespecting their Forefathers who sacrificed MUCH MORE so they can have an easier life now.
      And when these low life whimp’s grand/ great grandchildren feel de repercussions in years to come and wonder, how de hell this happen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. wondering says:

    thank you to all of the taxi drivers and minibus drivers out there who stayed the course!

  4. Terry says:

    Been monitoring the Web Cam at the west end.
    They are a part of the problem.

  5. Fantasea says:

    Will be using
    From now on.

    • VIP says:

      Your a idiot because it will cost more every time you have a middle man. This service is a middle man.

      • scoob says:

        lots of people will happily pay a small fee for a better service

      • jt says:

        Do you understand how Hitch works? Besides, many Bermuda taxis are driven by middle men. In that sense you are correct.

  6. Terry says:

    Show me a Taxi driver at his home.

    Goodbye neighbor.

    Think before dislike.

    40 thieves have s#!t to do with this.


  7. Peas and rice and black rum says:

    Taxi drivers have had it too good for too long . Complacency breeds contempt .

    • Trin says:

      The oba is not concerned about the taxi drivers most of them are hard working Bermudians. Fahy will pass this no matter what, all he’s doing is stalling for more time. Willing to bet you neither one of his grandparents are from here, so it’s not his fault for upsetting most Bermudians every time he thinks he’s helping us.

  8. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ??


    with no notice – the reaction from taxi operators was expected

    He now wants to meet with transportation stakeholders.

    pfff – what a farce of leadership.

  9. Ed Case says:

    Small rental cars will be a huge improvement in our product. This is an idea way past due. Much safer for everyone too.

  10. Coffee says:

    To all taxi operators ! It’s time to circle the wagons , don’t allow that bie Fayhe to run your business to the ground ! You’ve worked to hard moving this country forward over many decades , long before this bie came on the scene .

    • serengeti says:

      Another ignorant post from the local idiot.

    • jt says:

      This is about more than the taxi drivers. There is a bigger picture. We can’t remain antiquated.
      Besides, they’ve publicly stated their position is that it’s a safety issue, not a financial one. They’re just taking a stance to save the rest of us from the carnage.

  11. I am sailing says:

    Boycott taxis.
    Use gypsies whenever or walk or bus.
    Double there license fees etc take away there duty breaks..undeserving

  12. Never never says:

    Shut up fool

  13. We are all stake holders…directly adversely affected by increased traffic and little to no parking now.
    Stake holders huh?
    Saying that is ignorant in that you are ignoring the truth…we are “all stakeholders!