Taxi man nice now - new law will help drivers get better cars
Egerton Newman, president of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, is elated by the announcement of a special regime to increase the age limit for cars that taxi operators want to import.
Transport Minister Mike Henry announced that the age limit will move from five years to eight years.
Newman explained that the operators of public transport vehicles would ideally want to purchase new automobiles, however, the cost is usually a deterrent.
"We want good cars but we are unable to afford new cars in terms of the age so this is a good move," Newman said.
With the increase in the age limit, Newman believes that there will be more public passenger vehicles for commuters to be transported in.
"More of us will be able to have these new vehicles to retrofit our fleet or put new vehicles on the road," he said. He argues that the decision will lead to a more enjoyable journey for passengers.
"If you are a passenger, you will be able to travel in comfort and style in a clean and new vehicle; that is the major impact," he said.
He believes that there should be a reduction in the number of dilapidated cars that are used as drivers can easily be approved for loans to purchase better quality vehicles from various financial institutions once they are a member of a taxi association.
He said current interest rates are workable.
"So there should be no questions on the part of transport operators to access loans, and once you go through the association, everything is okay. There is loan available. Any taxi man or bus man can get," Newman said.