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We are about filling a void & not about the competition – Julio S. Henry

- BVITA supports the implementation of a bus system
The BVI Taxi Association (BVITA) has acknowledged competition in the taxi industry but said it is more interested in filling the void with new and improved initiatives. Photo: VINO
Mr Julio S. Henry, who was well supported by other members of the BVITA, emphasized that if anyone should say the BVITA is not in support of the bus system that would be untrue. 'Any taxi guy who would stand up to say a bus service will cut into his business …is fooling himself, he is lying and is being deceitful,' added Mr Henry. Photo: VINO
Mr Julio S. Henry, who was well supported by other members of the BVITA, emphasized that if anyone should say the BVITA is not in support of the bus system that would be untrue. 'Any taxi guy who would stand up to say a bus service will cut into his business …is fooling himself, he is lying and is being deceitful,' added Mr Henry. Photo: VINO
Newly elected president of the BVI Taxi Association (BVITA) Mr Karl ‘Dub’ Scatliffe (2nd from right) also acknowledged that the association faces a lot of criticisms from commuters, which he said are attributed to the fact that the BVITA is one of the most centrally located. His view was supported by other members of the BVITA. Photo:VINO
Newly elected president of the BVI Taxi Association (BVITA) Mr Karl ‘Dub’ Scatliffe (2nd from right) also acknowledged that the association faces a lot of criticisms from commuters, which he said are attributed to the fact that the BVITA is one of the most centrally located. His view was supported by other members of the BVITA. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Members of the recently elected BVI Taxi Association (BVITA) have acknowledged that they are in competition with several other taxi associations across Tortola but, according to BVITA Executive Member Mr Julio ‘Sam’ Henry they are more keen on filling existing voids that exist in the industry.

Mr Henry was at the time addressing reporters at a press briefing called to outline plans for the BVITA going forward. “The real winner in that is the customer…” stated Mr Henry as he noted that the many issues facing the general taxi environment in the Virgin Islands (VI) include complaints that they do not provide the level of service as is required.

“…that we neglect some of our local patrons, that we never open late, that we don’t provide some much services like when the cruise ships are in…. so if we can put something in place that would cause Beef Island taxis to step up their game, Waterfront Taxi Association to step up their game, West End Taxi Association to step up their game what will now happen to the taxi industry is that we will now eliminate all of the complaints and then it would be better for everybody,” said Mr Henry.

Newly elected President of BVITA, Mr Karl ‘Dub’ Scatliffe also acknowledged that the taxi industry faces a lot of sharp hits from commuters, which he said can be attributed to the fact that BVITA is one of the most centrally located. “So what we want to do is to make sure that we have whatever they (local and other customers) ask for.”

Vice president, ‘Brother’ Musa Muhammed added that in stepping up their service they are aggressively looking at including necessary measures to cater more for persons with disabilities. “There is a void in that also. We have a number of handicapped tourists that come in on the cruise ships, so we are looking at the idea of providing that type of service in addition to what Sam has already put on the board.”

BVITA all for the bus system

The BVITA also dispelled allegations that they oppose the implementation of a bus system. Mr Henry told reporters that such a claim is a misconception. “…In fact some of the taxi guys and I will stand up to be the first to say we support it and were part of the same conversation to put a bus system in place.” He said a bus system is very important to the development of the country.

It was said that what the BVITA is in opposition of is suggestions in some sections where some taxi drivers want to be licensed as taxi operators and running bus service between East End and Road Town.

“… and that is wrong, and that is where we say the Taxi Livery Commission should be focusing on regulating the industry properly."

Mr Henry, who was well supported by other members of the BVITA, emphasized that if anyone should say the BVITA is not in support of the bus system that would be untrue. “Any taxi guy who would stand up to say a bus service will cut into his business …is fooling himself, he is lying and is being deceitful,” added Mr Henry.

5 Responses to “We are about filling a void & not about the competition – Julio S. Henry”

  • egg face (09/12/2013, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Me aint want to hear ah ting form deeds sell out taxi man dem dem cow and did not march for the lil people over the bad polices of dey ndp
    • sam you should know this (09/12/2013, 18:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      same you lived in teh good old USA and should read; Congress shall make no law . . . abridging . . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

      The founders knew what they were up against....this also aply to teh bvi
  • in the news (09/12/2013, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Follow the money every time if you want to know what is up.....by the way A P is not even qulified for that work he in
  • open wide (09/12/2013, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The taxi man them getting like glove parks may boy
  • flog (09/12/2013, 19:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    legally elected or not, the People have the right to protest the legal and illegal actions of the government, so the taxi man dem had a right to march!!!


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