(PRESS RELEASE) – The Division of Transport has been in receipt of a number of complaints from Public Omnibus Associations regarding piracy by permit holders of a different classification on a number of routes throughout the island.
The Division of Transport wishes to remind all Omnibus and Taxi operators that they are guided by the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Section 69 subsections 1, 3 & 4 and Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations Section 88 Subsection 1 (a) & (b).
Anyone found in contravention of this Act and/or Regulations is committing an offence and may be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both and in addition, to a fine of $100 for every day that the offence continues.
It is also important to note that the court may order the detention in storage of the public omnibus or taxi by the Commissioner for a period of not more than one month for any fine or imprisonment imposed under the Act and Regulations.
Permit holders who wish to operate outside their assigned routes are therefore encouraged to contact the Licensing Authority at the Division of Transport to obtain information regarding the application of a special permit.
As the regulatory agency responsible for public transportation and the issuance of taxi and omnibus permits, it is important to remind all permit holders that it is an offence to engage in the practice of piracy and therefore, should cease and desist with immediate effect as the penalties outlined above may lead to the revocation of an assigned permit.
Philip Dalsou (Mr.)