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Convicted criminals, persons of bad character cannot obtain taxi license- Kye Rhymer

Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles Mr Kye Rhymer (right) told the Standing Finance Committee that persons can be denied a taxi license on various grounds, including being convicted of a crime and being of 'bad' character. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (right) was told that the Department of Motor Vehicles (left) has the authority to ban persons from holding a taxi license for five years on being convicted of a crime. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (right) was told that the Department of Motor Vehicles (left) has the authority to ban persons from holding a taxi license for five years on being convicted of a crime. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While testifying before the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee, as it deliberated on the 2016 Budget in February of this year, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles Mr Kye Rhymer explained what disqualifies a person from obtaining a taxi license.

When Mr Rhymer was asked by the Premier and Minister of Finance and Territorial At Large Representative, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, what prevents someone from receiving a taxi license, the Commissioner said the factors included conviction of a crime, medical conditions, fined more than $1000.00, 6 months imprisonment and bad character, along with many complaints from the community.

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (CMV) did not elaborate on these factors; however, in a follow up the Premier asked how long persons are banned after being convicted of a crime, to which Mr Rhymer replied five years.

Dr Smith further asked if obtaining a taxi license is at the discretion of the CMV or the Minister for Communications and Works. To this, Mr Rhymer told the Committee that all new applications are approved by the Minister and renewals are denied and approved by himself.

Personalised Plates anyone?

Meanwhile, Member for the Fifth District and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Delores Christopher asked about the process for obtaining a personalised plate. The CMV stated that an application is filled out at the Department of Motor Vehicles and then forwarded to the Minister for Communications and Works for approval.

The Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial At Large Representative, Hon Archibald C. Christopher asked whether the Minister could disapprove of a plate, to which Mr Rhymer replied “yes.”

Hon Christian asked under what circumstances plates could be disapproved and the CMV stated that profanity and inappropriateness lead to disapproval. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Anthony S. McMaster, told the Budget Committee it is also up to the Minister’s discretion.

The cost of a personalised license plate is One thousand dollars ($1000.00) and in 2015 eight plates were sold.

32 Responses to “Convicted criminals, persons of bad character cannot obtain taxi license- Kye Rhymer”

  • ccc (11/05/2016, 11:03) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The head of the taxi delivery comm you all need to start there
  • one eye (11/05/2016, 11:32) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    then this is certainly not being enforced
  • Wrong (11/05/2016, 12:00) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    This should not be his decision to make. There is a taxi commission and the Tourism board who should decide whether a person is qualified to drive taxi. He has no expertise as the head of vehicle licensing to determine such. Taxi driving is a business....a way to earn a living. He does not have the right to deny someone an opportunity to earn a living at his discretion only.

    If I want to operate a messenger service and got a trade licence approved by the Premier but I have a criminal you mean to tell me that I wouldn't get CM plates or my drivers license because this young man thinks I am not of good character? Nonsense!
    • Huh? (11/05/2016, 14:16) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Did you read and understand this article? The minister approves or denies all applications. The Commissioner only makes the decision on renewal. So if the Minister approved a taxi licence and then that person applies for a renewal I really cant see why the Commissioner would deny the renewal. It would not be smart on the Commissioner's part not to do so even though he has the authority.

      But on the other hand in other countries when you are convicted of a crime there are many things you cannot do...only in BVI we commit crimes and then pretend like it never happened and expect everyone else to forget once you leave jail. No....there are consequences to crime that follow you for the rest of your before you do something stupid think of how limited your choices will be later....this is just life.....we just love to condone wrong in this place.
      • Wrong (11/05/2016, 16:12) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
        He should have no say period. Once the taxi commission and the Tourism board thinks the person is qualified then that should be it. Not even the Minister of Communication and Works should be in that process.

        We are not any other country. I don't care what happens any where else but here.. We are a small country and need to decide our own unique processes that benefit us.

        A person convicted of a crime and paid their punishment should be allowed to live their lives and earn a living or they will be forced to turn to crime.

        I bounced 3 checks and got fined $1,000. Based on this dumb process, this young man can arbitrarily decide that my taxi licence will not be renewed? BS.
        • @ wrong (12/05/2016, 09:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          You all are a bunch of idiots. Mr. Rymer is just stating what the laws and the policies are. He did not put them in place. They were put in place by the Legislative Council/House of Assembly. You all to quick to call down people.
  • son of the soil (11/05/2016, 12:12) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    It have too many islandpeople with taxi licenses. These politicians need to stop doing these things for votes. Where else in the world can a BVIslander taxi besides St.Thomas?
    • BVIlander (11/05/2016, 12:34) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
      You seem to have a problem with people from the other islands you must get a life. Please take up reading go down Adina home for the elderly they could use your help. It will make you a better person and stop been so negative.
      • son of the soil (11/05/2016, 14:21) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        You could stay there with that negative and positive $#!t. Do positive things if you want positive comments.
  • Yes (11/05/2016, 12:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    That should also go for the "cant drives" and the "illiterates"
  • Well Sah (11/05/2016, 12:15) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    just last week an ignorant taxi drive fight off a pedestrian and he still got his.
  • Tourist (11/05/2016, 12:18) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alot ah dem need coming off the road
  • Xxx (11/05/2016, 12:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pure talk as poltics can get you anything nowa days in the B WE I
  • Areacode 284 (11/05/2016, 13:31) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Really, but they allow rapist, drug convicts and other child molesters to get belonger status, start business at pier park and what not.what not. poor we local
  • m&m (11/05/2016, 13:41) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    How about baring some of them political crooks from running again next election
  • Obviously (11/05/2016, 14:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Since when does the DMV decide who earns a living as a taxi operator, he needs to make sure the vehicles are road worthy and meet the proper standards.
  • concern (11/05/2016, 15:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not living in the BVI anymore, but how much does a regular license plate cost? Why does a personalize one cost $1000, are they made from special materials...
    • what????? (11/05/2016, 16:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      $1,000 dollars? That is highway robbery. I live in the States and here on vacation, my personalize plate cost my $100.00.
      • juice (11/05/2016, 18:11) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        well hurry go back to the states.
        • WHAT??? (11/05/2016, 22:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          I will leave when the H.ll I feel like dimwit and who ask for you to put your two cents in. Go kick rocks already.
    • SAY (11/05/2016, 19:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those plates must be made out of gold dust and platinum. In the US, license plates is made by people in prison for 2 or 10 cents per plate. 1,000 dollars? for real? Damnnnn.
    • leave it just so (11/05/2016, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      They have to be special ordered and there's a minimum amount being made at a time. They are that expensive because we don't want the people to over do it with all kinds of stupid names.
      • Chacha (11/05/2016, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        It's stupid, then don't offer them. The Minister had the final say in what's approved on the plate anyway. What's your next point mory?
      • elegal (13/05/2016, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you must be a dummy. didn't you read that the plates have to be approved? so u can apply with nonesense but the minister will decide if it's appropriate for a vehicle.
  • Joop (11/05/2016, 17:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's so obvious that they don't want to sell personalized plates, 8 for 2015? Get real. Just another farce by the govt. If they are interested in growing revenue, then these ought to be priced with such a goal in mind. Is it possible for us to get our act together?? Soon?
  • i don't wanna call names (11/05/2016, 19:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I personally know about 6 taxi drivers that been in jail or deported.
  • sorry (11/05/2016, 19:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    You poor people in the BVI. How do you all live? How do you manage to pay your bills with everything so expensive.
  • bojan (11/05/2016, 22:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of them taxi drivers cant drive a chicken but want to take passengers in the hills then the passenger have to help them get their taxi out the hill. The said boy who want to deside cant drive like some of them man who looking a way to make a living tell them no then they find your house to make a living from.
    • Just saying (12/05/2016, 08:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is putting people lives in danger. I sure won't hire them to drive me up those hills.
  • elagal (13/05/2016, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't see why they are so expansive when the 60th anniversary plates were $100. aren't they specal made to? So why can't we get our personalised palted for the same price. I wonder how much the Queen special plates cost?

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