The transport representatives cited certain clauses in the new bill and said they were strongly opposed to owners paying for driver tickets. They also raised a number of other concerns, including fares and the lack of parking areas in the city, consequent on the addition of new licensees to the system.
The transport operators also requested that Senate passage of the bill tomorrow be delayed to provide them with time to present alternatives to the government.
Addressing the delegation, Opposition Leader said he believed the dislocation in the transport sector could have been avoided by dialogue and the PNP believed in the politics of participation to provide an avenue for citizens’ participation in decisions that affect them. He said participation is not an abstract principle, but essential to good governance.
Dr. Phillips noted that the bill had implications for many sectors including, public transport, rent-a-car, automotive repair, public utilities, distribution and other commercial services as well as the government itself. He said it is important to provide an opportunity for discussion, although this did not mean the Bill would not be passed.
The Opposition Leader said he believed the law should not be oppressive, but cautioned the transport operators that while it was their decision to protest it was important that their action does not penalise the public.
Associated with the Opposition Leader in today’s meeting were Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips, Shadow Minister of Transport and Works and Senators Sophia Frazer Binns, Damion Crawford and Lambert Brown.
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