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To have all restrictions removed
on maxi taxis licenses will be noth-
ing less than chaos.
This was the immediate reac-
tion to Minister of Finance Colm
Imbert's announcement during
yesterday's Budget 2017 2018 pres-
entation in the Parliament by pres-
ident of the Red Band Maxi Taxi
Association Linus Phillip.
Imbert said with the measure he
believes it would result in equity
and assist in transportation, "it is
the intention of this Government
to remove the current restric-
tions on allocation of maxi taxi
licenses...remove it all together."
"No longer will there be restric-
tions on ownership of banded
maxi taxis," he added.
Imbert explained that people
will be able to buy and band their
maxis and drive wherever they
"Without any restriction...this
will open up the public transpor-
tation system," Imbert said.
However, Phillip is not pleased
with the move as he strongly be-
lieves that removing all restric-
tions would only serve to disrupt
the entire public transportation
system in T&T.
"First of all, restrictions were
placed for various reasons and any
time all restrictions are removed
there will be total chaos," Phillip
He added that there was no
consultation with the Maxi Taxi
Associations, neither all other
stakeholders on this. "According
to an engineer's survey, 80 per
cent of the population travels...
with traf ic congestion and people
reaching to work late, how could
removing all restrictions assist?"
Some of the restrictions, accord-
ing to Phillip, included the amount
of maxis on a particular route and
secondly, if a person buys a maxi
and puts it in a particular colour
band it means that maxi could
only work on that route and can-
not go on different routes.
He said such restrictions are
law and are listed in the Maxi Taxi
Act. "Therefore if it means that all
restrictions be lifted, it will mean
that the Act will have to go back to
the Parliament to have the restric-
tions removed," he added.
Phillip said what should have
been done was implement a
Transportation Policy, which the
associations have been lobbying
for some time.
He added that since there was
no consultation in the irst place
he is interested to see how it
would work and what the Minister
of Works and Transport has to say
Imbert also announced that
Government will seek to replace
the ageing fleet of Public Trans-
portation Services Corporation
buses with the purchase of 35 new
buses in 2018.
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How have the changes announced in the budget affected your way of life?
Maxi body on removal of restrictions---chaos
n A maxi-taxi may, on normal
work days, be operated outside of
the route area for which it is regis-
tered for the following purposes:
n To conduct sight-seeing, cul-
tural, recreational, familiarisation
or similar tours; or
n To convey members of a
group---educational, sporting, re-
ligious or otherwise---on a char-
ter basis to a named destination.
n A maxi-taxi operating under
this regulation shall be clearly
n The registered owner of a maxi-
taxi may, upon payment of a fee
of one hundred dollars and with
the prior approval in writing of
the Authority, change the route
area for which the maxi-taxi is
n Where approval is given to
change a route area, the colour
bands of the new route area shall
replace those previously used.
n A person who contravenes any
of the provisions of this regulation
is liable on summary conviction to
a fine of five hundred dollars and
to a further fine of fifty dollars for
each day on which the offence
continues after conviction.
MAXI TAXI ACT 48:53
Commuters leave and make their way to City Gate,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE
PICTURES KRISTIAN DE SILVA & RISHI RAGOONATH
Sharmatee Pancham, 47,
Things already expen-
sive, imagine what going
to happen now that fuel
prices gone up. Your pay
not going up, but the cost
of living getting higher and
higher. Life will get harder
for the people.
Natalie Purcell, 18
In terms of GATE we have
to wait too long when we
apply for GATE to know if we
are approved. Now with the
means test coming I don't
know what this means for
us and in the meantime we
have to find the money to
pay our tuition fees.
Dave Gumbs, 56
Drastically, in such a
way that I think they
went too drastic in
increasing the price of
diesel. For too long
these politicians put
too much strain on
the backs of poor
People can barely
afford these prices
we have now and
they are not raising
REPORTING BY SASCHA WILSON AND CAMILLE CLARKE
Cuthbert Wilson, 49
I am a hustler and
by raising the fuel
gas and the tax on
tyres, we will have
no choice but to in-
crease taxi fares
I have a problem with the
GATE programme. My
daughter got a diploma
and had to get $14,000.
I have to buy gas, food,
I am single. We need to
buy gas, food and pay
bills. I feel like a pauper.
I don't even want to think
about it. Life at this mo-
ment is hard for the work-
ing class and think about
it becoming stringent. .
The working class always
pays the price.
The price of living
is already too high
and they raising
prices. At least raise
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