Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations
The Taxi and Livery Commission is urging the public to be vigilant while hiring taxi services.
Director for the Taxi and Livery Commission, Mr. Dameon Pervical said that persons are taking shuttles with the perception that they have taken a taxi, and this in turn, leaves them open for potential risk.
Taxi drivers in the Territory can be identified by their permit and identification that would indicate that they are indeed a licensed taxi driver.
Mr. Percival added, “Persons are not able to obtain taxi plates unless they have a Taxi Permit which is issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) under the Ministry of Communications and Works and the driver must have the permit with their ID visible on the passenger side of the vehicle.”
A taxi driver can also be recognised by the licence plates which would read ‘Taxi’ along with the registration number. If neither of the above are present, the passenger will be taking the service at a risk and will not protected by the insurance company of the driver’s ‘taxi service’ or the Taxi and Livery Commission.
If a complaint needs to be made against a taxi driver, a formal letter should be sent to the Taxi and Livery Commission or the Ministry of Communications and Works.
There are five transportation services for hire in the Territory. They can be identified by the follow proceeding letters and wording.
- S – Shuttle
- B – Bus
- L - Limousine
- T - Tour
All five services are unique and offer different services.
Due to the growth of the tourism sector and the high influx of visitors to the Territory, the taxi business is booming. Mr. Percival said that training and enforcement is a high priority for the commission to ensure that taxi services in the British Virgin Islands meet the prescribed standards.
The Taxi and Livery Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, has implemented a defensive driving and fire suppression course in their training to help prevent and minimise the amount of accidents associated with taxis in the Territory.
For more information about the transportation for hire service and the Taxi Academy, please contact the commission at 468-4090.