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  • The Transport Authority (TA) is warning of possible risks which commuters could encounter if they travel in illegal public passenger vehicles, and urge persons to only use units that have been specifically licensed for this purpose, in order to ensure their safety.
  • Ms. Williams said another important feature of a properly licenced public passenger vehicle is the installation of a properly functioning fire extinguisher. This, she emphasised, is a safety requirement which must also be satisfied prior to the licence being issued.
  • The Communication Manager pointed out that legal operators understand the implications for their licences when it comes to traffic violations, “so they are more likely to stay within the ambit of the law.”

The Transport Authority (TA) is warning of possible risks which commuters could encounter if they travel in illegal public passenger vehicles, and urge persons to only use units that have been specifically licensed for this purpose, in order to ensure their safety.

Communications and Customer Services Manager at the TA, Petra-Kene Williams, who spoke with JIS News, highlighted some of the possible risks that could emerge.

“When you take illegally operated vehicles, you do not know who the driver is (and) you do not know if they have committed criminal offences. So (in that regard) a commuter puts him or herself at a huge risk when taking an illegally operated vehicle,” she said.

Ms. Williams noted several requirements which public passenger vehicle operators must fulfill, in order to secure a licence. “Before a vehicle can be licenced as a public passenger vehicle (PPV), it must go through fit and proper tests at the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) and at the Transport Authority,” she said, adding “you can, therefore, be assured that a legally operated vehicle has been through that screening process.”

Ms. Williams said another important feature of a properly licenced public passenger vehicle is the installation of a properly functioning fire extinguisher. This, she emphasised, is a safety requirement which must also be satisfied prior to the licence being issued. She noted that, often, it is illegal operators who breach road traffic regulations, particularly in relation to speeding.

Ms. Williams pointed out that speeding poses a higher risk of accidents occurring, and increases the possibility of passengers sustaining severe life threatening injuries.

She emphasized that if an illegally operated passenger vehicle is involved, “there is no recourse from insurance companies if the vehicle does not have PPV insurance; and in the event of death, there is nothing for the family (to claim).”

The Communication Manager pointed out that legal operators understand the implications for their licences when it comes to traffic violations, “so they are more likely to stay within the ambit of the law.”

Ms. Williams further advised that the Transport Authority also ensures that drivers and conductors are properly trained and have an untainted background.

In this regard, she said they are required to undergo training, provided by HEART Trust/NTA, in several areas, including customer service and conflict resolution. In addition, she said, they must submit a police record.