By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER a three year absence from the country’s main tourist hub, designated taxi cab spaces will be reintroduced to Bay Street, according to Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin yesterday.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said the Ministry of Public Works is expected to soon start to plot and clearly mark those spaces. She did not give a date when the work would begin.
She said her Ministry would enter into a dialogue with the Taxi Cab Union to agree to the best placement of those spaces.
The Minister made the announcement amid parliamentary discussions focused on passing amendments to the Immigration Act. Several other bills are expect to be brought before House Members as the Christie administration’s 100-day plan ends next Wednesday.
“I’m advised that the Taxi Union, some three years ago, was informed that taxi parking would be removed from Bay Street on a temporary basis so as to permit a paving exercise to take place on Bay Street. Some three years later, and the paving, re- paving and no paving, the taxi parking spots have not been reinstated.
“Good governance is fair and even-handed it must never be seen to allow the interest of one sector to arise over and above the interest of another sector,” Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
Noting that taxi drivers have contributed for a rich history on Bay Street, Mrs Hanna-Martin said taxis are an important ingredient to tourism in the country.
“The taxi driver is more than a driver, he or she is the front line face and voice of our people,” she said.