DASPA clarifies taxi operators permit requirement

first_imgA regulation, which mandates taxi drivers who ply the Douglas-Charles Airport route to obtain a permit, has been clarified by the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA).The following notice was issued by order of DASPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Benoit Bardouille on 30 June 2016 and is scheduled to take effect from 20 July 2016.“The public is hereby notified that in keeping with the Airport Regulations, no driver of a public service vehicle shall ply for hire from the airport unless he/she is a holder of a permit granted by the Airport Manager. The permit shall contain the name, address, age, photograph of the driver, number of his/her driving permit and registration of his/her vehicle.No persons shall operate any taxi, omnibus or other vehicle for the purpose of carrying passengers within the airport otherwise than in accordance with the order or directions of the Airport Manager.The public is informed that public service vehicles, omnibuses, or other hired vehicles not having the required airport permit will be denied entry to the airport in keeping with the airport regulations.Taxi drivers not having the required permit to operate at the airport are asked to refrain from carrying passengers for hire to and from the airport. Persons found in violation will be prosecuted in keeping with the Airport Regulations”.The notice caused quite a stir among the general public, majority of whom expressed disagreement with the regulation.However, Bardouille, in an exclusive interview with the Government Information Service (GIS) indicated that the notice issued is in keeping with Chapter 47:01 of the Melville Hall Regulations which states that any person wishing to conduct business at the airport must have the approval of the Airport Manager.“The regulation does not prevent persons from coming to the airport to pick up their family and friends. The condition is that you go to the car park and walk up to the terminal and meet your family and friends. It does not give an individual the right to go the airport to park anywhere,” he explained.However, taxi drivers who wish to be added to the list would need to meet DASPA’s requirements, in addition to their vehicles being certified by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA).Bardouille said DASPA would like to ensure that taxi drivers maintain their livelihood, while at the same time comply with its regulations and uphold airport standards.“We do background checks on the applicants; we check for insurance, certification and police records,” he informed.Bardouille, who wishes to avoid any potential international issues and negative publicity for Dominica stemming from unregulated taxi drivers, said “it is a good thing for us for control, security and awareness”.He added that this is the reason for issuing notice to the DHTA, taxi associations and other agencies which utilize vehicles for hire.There are two permits: one for day-to-day taxi operators and another for private institutions applying to operate occasionally at the airport. They are valid for a one year period and cost $450.00 and $580.00. The permit application forms are available at DASPA. Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 456 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share BusinessLocalNews DASPA clarifies taxi operators permit requirement by: Dominica Vibes News – July 12, 2016last_img

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