The People's Partnership Government is having second thoughts on amending the law to allow PH taxis to operate legally. So says Transport Minister Devant Maharaj. Months after assuming office in 2010, former transport minister Jack Warner, in an exclusive T&T Guardian story, announced the move, saying it was intended to help commuters in remote districts and selected housing developments.
But the move was met with objections from operators of maxi taxis and sedan taxis. They said the move to legalise PH taxis was unfair. The bill to amend the law was laid in Parliament in 2011 but has not as yet been debated. Maharaj, who replaced Warner as Transport Minister, said yesterday the PH taxi proposal was being reviewed.
He said that was because no insurance company had expressed any interest. "Given the fact that no insurance company inside or outside of T&T was prepared, willing or able to provide coverage to any passenger travelling in private hired vehicles, the Ministry of Transport is forced to revisit the PH proposal until that matter is sorted out," Maharaj added.