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1. Save our Safari Taxis

Does anyone think its good for tourism and residents of the Virgin Islands to replace the Safari Taxi's with passenger vans? Does anyone want to have to get in/out of a single van door in traffic as we drive on the left and the vans passenger doors are on the right?

How is this remotely safer? How could it be possible there are federal standards for operation for these Safaris, can anyone imagine riding down a freeway in the states with a fully loaded Safari at 60mph and not getting arrested? The Safaris are part of the VI and must stay in the VI. Can anyone remember a Safari having a safety issue due to not having a federally certified welder constructing these amazing vehicles? The sooner this gets repealed the better as if current owners are purchasing passenger vans to replace their safaris they will get screwed if this gets repealed later then sooner, only you can make the difference to the VI's future!

A rule promulgated in 2009 by the government run V.I. Taxi Commission seeks to force medallion holders (Taxi Owners) to replace the island's iconic safari-style, open-air taxis with enclosed vans. Read the story at http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2009/03/03/cab-commission-wont-approve-new-safari-taxis

V.I. Taxi Commission regulations are unfairly restricting their business and threatening the island’s tourism industry by eliminating the safari-style open taxis preferred by visitors.

The V.I. Taxi Commission mandated in 2009 a moratorium on licensing new safari taxis built by island fabricators and installed on “incomplete” truck frames imported from the U.S. unless the so-called “after-market“ fabrication is certified as meeting federal standards for operation.

There are no after-market safari fabricators in the territory who can certify a finished safari. The supply of used safari bodies is dwindling as the existing ones deteriorate or are exported to the neighboring British Virgin Islands.

St. John Tourists Won’t Ride in Taxi Vans
The Taxi Commission is trying to force the taxi operators to switch to vans — which visiting tourists refuse to ride, according to the taxi drivers.

Of the 157 taxi licenses on St. John only three are vans , “Safaris have been in operation for over 50 years.

Said a taxi operator. “As long as a taxi driver is operating in a safe manner I think we can continue to drive these safaris in a safe manner.”

“Eventually we’re going to run out of used vehicles,” said another taxi driver.

“I’ve spent two months trying to buy a safari,” said another driver. “They can’t be replaced.”

Ford Motor Company states they are not liable for their vehicles once modified and the Intermediate and final stage manufacturers must exercise proper engineering judgment to determine if a modification is appropriate for their specific application. Why can’t the Virgin Islands come up with a set regulations and guidelines for the final stage manufactures to follow? The below information is taken from FORDs SUPER DUTY F SERIES Incomplete Vehicle Manual and is linked at the bottom.

Ford Motor Company has endeavored, whenever possible, to state the specific conditions under which an incomplete vehicle may be completed to conform to each applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. These specific statements are intended to aid subsequent stage manufacturers in avoiding instances of inadvertent noncompliance to particular standards. Note that the final responsibility for the compliance of the completed vehicle rests with the final stage manufacturer who is required by law to certify, as prescribed by Section 567.5 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, that the completed vehicle conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and that all applicable federal, state and California emission/noise standards are conformed with. Ford Motor Company does not make any representation as to the appropriateness of modifications for any particular application other than expressly stated herein. Intermediate and final stage manufacturers must exercise proper engineering judgment to determine if a modification is appropriate for their specific application.

http://www.manualslib.com/manual/478270/Ford-Super-Duty-F-Series.html?page=3#manual

Information provided by St John Tradewinds News, original story at http://www.stjohntradewindsnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/600-news/2014-04-news/8893-lt-gov-francis-promises-taxi-drivers-action-on-rules-threatening-safaris

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2. Help disabled people with a fair taxi service

The owner of one of Teesside's biggest taxi firms has told BBC Tees they will no longer be picking up disabled passengers after they were told they can't charge extra for what they tell us is a 'specialist service'.

One disabled man recently had to push his wife's wheelchair 3 miles on Boxing Night. The owner of Boro Taxis stated it is not their fault it's the councils.

We need to stop discrimination.

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3. Allow another colour for private hire drivers

A row about rules which mean Dudley borough private hire cars must be painted white came to a head at a meeting of the authority's taxi's committee last month.

Councillors threw out an application for a relaxation of the rules from the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, who argue white has become a popular colour for car buyers which has increased demand and pushed up prices.

The Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, which has around 600 members, says white cars can cost up to £2,000 more than similar vehicles in other colours.

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4. Save Classic Wedding Cars from Extinction

The Law Commission is currently reviewing the laws on taxi and private hire licencing.

Under the proposals wedding (and funeral) cars would no longer be exempted and forced to register as a private hire vehicle.

Classic and vintage wedding cars are often supplied by small companies and individuals who do a few weddings each year to earn enough money to keep their cars on the road.

Private hire vehicles (the ones you call when you want a lift home) can work 7 days a week 365 days a year thereby justifying the high costs involved in purchasing a private hire licence, annual testing, operator’s licence, CRB, DSA test and drivers medicals. The cost of a private hire licence would be prohibitive and many classic car owners would no longer be able to offer their cars to brides.

If you do not object to wedding cars becoming private hire cars, by next year you may well find that there are virtually no classic or vintage cars available for weddings and those that are operating will be very expensive.

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5. Better Access for Wigan Taxis

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

My name is Shaun Fallows and I’m a disabled volunteer in Wigan. Many times I have been struggling to get adapted taxis at certain times of day and night which has affected my social life as I have had to stop going out.

I would like to start a campaign to see a greater number of accessible vehicles in Wigan Borough. No donations needed but please support my online petition. Without everyone together it won’t change.

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6. Don't approve unfair taxi fare increases in San Francisco!

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is hearing plans that could raise the fares of some rides by more than 70%. And if you're picked up from home during rush hour, your fare could nearly double.

This includes a $5 surcharge for at-home pick up during rush hours and a $1/mile increase in meter charge.

Taxi fares have not been increased since 2003 whereas we have experienced a 19% inflation since then. In addition, gas prices have nearly doubled.

It is absolutely vital to ensure that the drivers are compensated fairly with a living wage and provided with the necessary benefits (e.g. health coverage). The "gate charge" that taxi drivers must pay as their rent for their cabs have risen sharply. In addition, the taxi drivers have been hit hard by gas prices because they must pay for their own gas.

However, it is not fair that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency's only solution is to make San Franciscans and tourists pay dramatically more when there are many other solutions to this proposed taxi rate increase.

For example, the taxi companies could change their fleet to hybrid cars, saving the taxi drivers money on gas while saving the environment. In addition, we can help the taxi drivers get more business by urging the MTA to put more efforts into installing a city-wide dispatch system for more efficient service, making it more convenient for drivers, dispatchers, and customers.

Using new technology and Gov 2.0 practices, we can all work together to make the taxi system more efficient and profitable to help the drivers, passengers, MTA, and San Francisco.

Read more and take our poll:
http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/news/may-16-11/do-you-think-70-taxi-fare-increase-fair

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7. Make taxis have permanent roof signs to keep women safe

We are concerned by the fact that women are vulnerable to attack when getting into vehicles masquerading as taxis, or private hire cars.

In many of our towns and cities, private hire cars or taxis have only small plates on the rear to identify them. These are relatively easy to fake, especially in the dark.

We believe that all taxis and private hire cars should have a permanent sign attached to their roof. This makes them easily and readily identifiable as a tax, even if it is late at night and alcohol has been consumed by the potential passenger.

This is a time when women are most vulnerable and believe that a taxi is safe. Making legitimate taxis very clearly identifiable will help keep women safe.

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8. Bring Taxi Service to Grindrod B.C.

Small community 12km from Enderby with a pub and many senior residents needs taxi service. Taxi service stops 4 km short of the community! (more info added tomorrow).

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9. SAVE Singapore's and our taxi industry's image!

There have been many many letters written to the Forum about the unhappiness of commuters toward the current taxi industry. There hasn't been much of a response to these letters from the relevant authorities or parties.

Many people feel the industry can be improved on issues such as abolishing surcharges, not increasing fares and standardizing taxi fares. Obviously some pointers can be learnt from countries like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand where there are always an abundance of taxis to serve commuters.

There are also lots of visitors to Singapore who are starting to complain about the availability of taxis in Singapore.

Please read the letter to the Straits Times which can be found at the link below:

http://www.straitstimes.com/ST%2BForum/Online%2BStory/STIStory_135184.html

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10. City Of Lloydminster Taxi Meter Rate Increase

Current meter rates start at $2.50. This has remained unchanged since 1999, and is currently the lowest price in Canada.

We are asking for a starting rate of $3.25.

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