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‘Too much interference in the taxi business!’ – Edmund G. Maduro

-said placing cruise pier in Road Town puts taxi operators at a disadvantage
Talk show host Edmund G. Maduro said that there is too much interference in the taxi business and said operators will be placed at a disadvantage with the cruise pier being located in the heart of the city of Road Town. Photo: Internet source
Further, Maduro pointed out that on several occasions in the past he has made the point that the cruise pier should be located outside of Road Town, so that the taxi drivers can properly make a living transporting cruise ship passengers to Road Town from the pier. Photo: Provided
Further, Maduro pointed out that on several occasions in the past he has made the point that the cruise pier should be located outside of Road Town, so that the taxi drivers can properly make a living transporting cruise ship passengers to Road Town from the pier. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Edmund G. Maduro said that there is too much interference in the taxi business and said operators will be placed at a disadvantage with the cruise pier being located in the heart of the city of Road Town.

“I find that too much interference is taking place in the taxi business,” he said, speaking last evening November 6, 2014 on his EGM radio show aired on ZROD 103.7 FM.

It is only recently that a new body purporting to represent the interest of taxi operators has been created, much to the concern of some other established bodies which questioned the motives behind the formation of the new body.

“I am very concerned about the fact that a taxi man can only own two taxis but at the same time he could only drive one; he has to use the other one as a spare. What ignorance is that?” he asked on his show.

“Why must a man put aside close to $100,000 to sit down and do nothing with? It is too much interference in the business of taxi,” he said.

Further, Maduro pointed out that on several occasions in the past he has made the point that the cruise pier should be located outside of Road Town, so that the taxi drivers can properly make a living transporting cruise ship passengers to Road Town from the pier.

“Up to now the taxi guys don’t know where and how they will line up to take their passengers,” said Maduro. He said according to a recent meeting he attended, the taxis will have to park at either the Queen Elizabeth Park of the Festival Grounds and wait until they are called for work.

“But at the same time vehicles from other individuals who are not taxi people will be lined up, taking the passengers at will and freely. Ladies and gentlemen this is bad…this is interfering too much in the taxi people’s business,” he said.

“All of the vehicles operating on that cruise pier should be taxis. There should be no private individuals. It is interference,” he said, adding that the Constitution speaks out against such behaviour by Government. “To put in persons in there who are not [bona fide] taxi operators, who are making their own contracts with the cruise operators, charging what they want, but the taxi boys have to take what is decided by the Government. These things are wrong…these things are discriminatory,” said Maduro.

12 Responses to “‘Too much interference in the taxi business!’ – Edmund G. Maduro”

  • nonsense (07/11/2014, 09:57) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund you are doing a great disservice to the BVI each time you get on the air and spew this type of nonsense. First of all, the changes to the Taxi/Bus system were made after the Taxi men begged and balled for those very changes. They were so selfish and blinded they didn't even realize that they were asking for more of a challenge rather than an ease. With the changes in effect you now have 'Bus' 'Taxi' and 'Tours'. The buses that line up at the dock are those that have arrangements with the cruise lines, where passengers can pre-pay their tours via the ships. What's wrong with that? They are local people making a living as well! The Taxi men need to organize themselves and bring something meaningful to the table. How much do they contribute in taxes, fees etc. after they make all that money? We give them duty free on their vehicle. That's a lot of savings when purchasing large vehicles. Do they contribute to fixing our roads after their heavy buses and safaris traverse them, filled to capacity? Edmund your position of power on the radio should be one to educate the masses genuinely, not cause confusion.

    The cruise pier development has to be an orderly one where rules apply. You cannot have the situation that we currently have at the ferry ports for example when its dog eat dog with both ferry operators and taxi persons. Travel anywhere else and you see that they have a dispatch service, not anything goes. The BVI will continue to sink because we don't think rules should apply to any of us who are from here, especially when it comes to us making money. How else are our young people to be any better when we are encouraging them in lawless and manner less behavior? Educate the people and stop with the fear mongering just to score points man.
  • Urgh (07/11/2014, 11:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund, I don't care about this stuff. Taxi men don't care about the local population, they would barely consider stopping for a local on the road and when they do they charge an arm and a leg. Therefore, until such time as they lower their fares at least for citizens and residents, I really don't care how slighted they feel!
  • virgin gorda (07/11/2014, 13:31) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Edmuund you are right keep speaking truth to power
  • facts man (07/11/2014, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    They form an ndp taxi assocation
  • Asshat (07/11/2014, 18:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    'Further, Maduro pointed out that on several occasions in the past he has made the point that the cruise pier should be located outside of Road Town, so that the taxi drivers can properly make a living transporting cruise ship passengers to Road Town from the pier." You got to be sh*tting me. Move the pier so these guys can make a living? Sounds like a coconut fell on his head.....or should.
  • shark (07/11/2014, 21:07) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    EDMUND I AGREE WITH YOU 100% THE TAXIS AT THE CRUISE SHIP SHOULD BE BONIFIDE LOCAL TAXI DRIVES,
  • Local (07/11/2014, 22:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmond is right. If the taxi drivers have no place to line up properly close to the ship how will they operate efficiently we will all find out how important it was for them to be able to operate from down there when we go to town and see taxi's park in spots we are accustom to having
  • Virgin Son (09/11/2014, 07:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We must speak out, if we are going to send the message that we will not continue to accept anything less than true justice
  • george w touch (09/11/2014, 22:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank God Dr. Smith has 1 more year as Commander in Chief!
  • always (10/11/2014, 01:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund has no loyalty


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