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UPDATE: Dameon Percival In! Marvin Blyden out!

Chairman of Taxi & Livery Commission resigned over Percival’s appointment
Virgin Islands News Online was the first to break the story in August 2012 of Dameon Percival's (left) appointment as the Director of the Taxi and Livery Commission. The Chairman of the Commission Marvin Blyden has resigned in protest over the appointed as Mr. Percival was not the first choice of the Commission who conducted the interviews.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As was firstly and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online, on August 2, 2012, former CCT Global Communications employee Dameon Percival was in July 2012 appointed by Cabinet to the post of Director of the Taxi and Livery Commission.

However, information reaching this news site is that because Mr. Percival was not the recommendation of the Commission, the Chairman Marvin Blyden, has last month tendered his resignation in protest to what he described privately as political interference. 

As of news time Mr. Blyden could not be reached for comments, but according to this news site’s many sources inside the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration the subject Minister Mark Vanterpool was the one who took the paper to Cabinet seeking the appointment of Mr. Percival, a former NDP youth activist. 

The appointment was approved by Cabinet even though Mr. Percival was not the first choice of the Taxi and Livery Commission who conducted the interviews.

The role of the Director is to work with the Commission to oversee the taxi industry and the operational aspects of the Road Traffic (Taxi Cab) Amendment Act which came into effect last year under the Virgin Islands Party Government.

The powers of the Director via the Commission includes, carrying out safety inspections; removing any vehicle for hire found to be operating in an unsafe manner; monitoring authorized taxi stands and ports to ensure compliance with regulations; and otherwise enforcing regulations.

The Taxi and Livery Commission was chaired by Marvin Blyden, and made up of a representative from taxi operators on Tortola; taxi operators from the sister islands; and a representative of the livery services in the Territory.

Ex officio members include the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works; the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); and the Directors of the BVI Tourist Board and the BVI Ports Authority.

Mr. Percival is expected to report to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and will earn a salary of over $48,000 per year in grade 14. The Taxi and Livery Commission Office is located in the DMV Headquarters at Pockwood Pond, on the main island of Tortola.

62 Responses to “ UPDATE: Dameon Percival In! Marvin Blyden out!”

  • talk girl talk (02/08/2012, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hold up is that the guy who got in trouble with cell phones at cct..but how come he get this work???
    • oh boy (02/08/2012, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      pure potliticks as school children say E. Callwood was recomended..and thoes are the same NDP cow birds who did not want Bevis to speak because he had a past and now look at this??? not my vote ever again..BAM
      • mAN uP (02/08/2012, 14:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the way u here talking monky pi....could tell that u were not a ndp keep your vote we never had it in the first place...bam...bam
      • stupps (07/09/2012, 01:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well them had mines two elections in a row, but I could tell them, I am jumping off their band wagon, I aint getting on VIP own but I definately jumping off NDP own. Same game different players. Only in the BVI buddy.
      • two faced (08/09/2012, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        i cannot believe this???? whatever happen to the cell phone case?
    • Champ (02/08/2012, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He get the wuk because he is at home and deserves to work. A lot of criminal from other countries are working here, and no one comments because we do not do proper due diligence because that is only for the financial services sector. Dameon, I wish you well. Try not to make the same mistake twice.
      • x factor (02/08/2012, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        lots of expats criminal with work permits even in the police force, while we know he not ready from the job he born here and should be able to work in his own country
  • No man!!!!! (02/08/2012, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They can't be serious!!!!!!!
    • opha (02/08/2012, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No BVIslander should be denied access to any job, anywhere in the two cents.
  • what a thing (02/08/2012, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess because bevis was convicted of a crim and damien was not
  • ooooo (02/08/2012, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another crony on the government nipples
  • Killing myself (02/08/2012, 14:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He say he found God!! I hope so
  • Period Cramps (02/08/2012, 14:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Dameon, make the best of this 2nd chance. To all the haters, it's really funny. They appoint a local, you chastise and pull him down. If they appointed an expat, you would be balling where are our locals.
  • Huh? (02/08/2012, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    His girl got fired from the tourist board 2 days ago because she was backing R Lettsome of the 8th and the VIP. They give her NDP boyfriend a big job now? They know he with she? I doubt it.
  • Rewind (02/08/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damian, congratulation! Do your best and keep God first in all that you do. Don't mind the negativity!
  • dog meat (02/08/2012, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another NDP reward hope the VIP taking notes in Uncle Ralph black book
  • jinx (02/08/2012, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he washed that glue from his hands
  • ... (02/08/2012, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The person they alleged steal from CCT?? Really?? Wow! NDP at it's best again. Hmm... Every couple years he finds and lose God.
    • Period Cramps (02/08/2012, 16:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lmao! I don't agree with your post but the last part really made me chuckle..heh heh...
      • Nothing to do (03/08/2012, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Always on here with your pi.., like you have nothing to do, and crime rampant in the BVI.
  • Well Well (02/08/2012, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He and his new girl have stinky fingers. I heard she got fired yesterday! Keep cleaning your house Touristboard!
  • lil man (02/08/2012, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He born here so let him work!
  • the big show (02/08/2012, 16:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they can hire a trini man to be we DPP then they could hire a local to be we DTLC so ayo haters scatter ayo backside and tek wind
    • rattie (02/08/2012, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said "the big show" Mr. Percval please do not let down those who have pushed for you...have a happy and safe festival everyone enjoy and leave the jealousy and hate at home
  • Open Minded (02/08/2012, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! What are his qualifications?
  • amir (02/08/2012, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why have interviews when the person for the job was selected already?Does criminal behavior count for anything in this country. This could not happen in my country. We all know his past
    • real bad (04/08/2012, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      politics run tola not whotis best for dey work...hown sad we going the way of dey other islands
    • real bad (04/08/2012, 12:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      politics run tola not who tis best for dey sad we going the way of dey other islands
  • hmm (02/08/2012, 21:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well i guess he would stay outta jail now for not paying child support!
    • @@@@@ (03/08/2012, 07:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      now now now meh fren "hmm" jealous dem jealous ah poor demeon ayo need to just MYOB
  • cut the check (03/08/2012, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It wouldn't of matter who they put in there everybody would have still be talking, elections done gone some months ago and we still here with this NDP/VIP thing, people got to eat and if anyone of use was offered the job and u wasn't working r currently working for less money they wouldn't think twice about taking the job. So Damien keep ur head up and do u thing my boy CUT THE CHECK!
  • parent (04/08/2012, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thank god for mark as this job belong to elton
    • Joker (04/08/2012, 12:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't get it, did Elton get the job? I dint see what you thanking god fo mark for
      • in the news (04/08/2012, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the school children say Elton got the recommendation but the Minister got Dameon the work...can we build a country this way?
        • the guth (07/09/2012, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          i love Marvin Blyden he has no personal agenda, and the NDP dictators cannot rule he as he aint need them
  • john smith (05/08/2012, 18:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He need to take that 48000 and pay his child support for his 5 kids
  • Hope (10/08/2012, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP aint tired cover for this man buddy...lawdy.......Lets hope he fulfill his commitments including the one he should be on the hilltop sleeping for now
  • X2 (10/08/2012, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...He had 2 more jobs since CCT..How VINO aint mention them!!!! Hope he pay them bills tooo..
  • What (10/08/2012, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    who gon regulate the regulator?
  • Mother Hen (06/09/2012, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what happen the NDP falling apart???
    • cat fight (06/09/2012, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      good for MB he spend a lot of $$$$$ on deloris but Who doan hear, will feel yall
  • Bug-Deh (06/09/2012, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with you Mr. Blyden, if you as chairman of a board held interviews to find someone eligible to fill the post, which you all recommended Mr. Callwood, only to have your decision undermined by our government, then you might as well leave it to them. This government is truly corrupt man! Dictators indeed!!!
  • truth (06/09/2012, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I aint no one but do you all screen these people at all. This guy have a very bad reputation and every time he does some thing bad he run away from it. Im all for him working but I hope now that he wont have any more excuses as to why he aint supporting he children them. But he always seem to get these fools to trust him until something bad happens lets see what it will be this time. NDP you all taking a great gamle on this guy.
    • Fact (06/09/2012, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So your reputation squeaky clean? Take the splinter out your own eye before you pass judgement. Sound like a know-it-all to me.
  • healine news (06/09/2012, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO ayo too much your headline mek me laugh
  • Shara Parlin (06/09/2012, 15:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This situation shows the inexperience of both Mark and his PS. If the government already had a candidate then what was the sense of conducting interviews exposing this minister to this embarrassment??? Just take your NDP political choice to cabinet and that’s that!!! Mark you need better advisors boss.
    • Response (06/09/2012, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shara Palin how do you know that the PS did not advise Mark otherwise? If you know him very well you should also know that Mark takes advice from no one! So don't be so quick to find your scapegoat for this blatant, disrespectful act by the so-called Minister.
    • not 4 more years never (08/09/2012, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr. Blyden, I applaud your bold stands on this, since NDP took office the country has gone backwards as everything is policks which will destory us all.
  • farmer brown (06/09/2012, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on Mark this is 2012 to build the BVI the most qualified person should be hired...everything cannot be politricks
  • one day at a time (07/09/2012, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    just give the yute Dameon a chance he has been through a lot
  • not the first time! (07/09/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for bringing this to light Blyden, since the NDP got in this crap is happening across the board.
    • 3 years to go (08/09/2012, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is getting ridiculous what the NDP is doing. How much longer they have in office again????/hope not long
  • double standards (10/09/2012, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on ease up off Dameon, if they could hire tracia at the college why they cannot hire Dameon at DMV?
  • only tola (12/09/2012, 20:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He need to pay his child this man land this job, he isn't even qualified.

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