Traffic Chief, Superintendent Dion Moore is calling on citizens to be cognisant of private cars operating as taxis for their own safety.
The Department of Public Information/ Government Information Agency (DPI/GINA), today, quoted Moore as saying that the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department has charged 369 persons thus far who used their cars for a purpose other than which they are licensed for.
Moore explained that many times when someone calls for a taxi it is only upon arrival of the car that they realise that they are being picked up by a private car. “As long as you the member of the public request a taxi and you recognise that it is a private car, you should refuse from entering that car because you are not covered by the insurance and it is a breach,” the Traffic Chief stated.
When asked if there is anything that can be done to prohibit taxi services from using private cars, the traffic chief responded in the negative. He said that the GPF cannot stop taxi services from having private cars but pointed out that operators will be charged, once they are caught breaking the law, according to DPI/GINA.
The Traffic Chief reiterates his call on owners of private cars not to use their vehicle for a purpose other than what it is licensed. He is also asking that members of the public desist from utilising such cars as their safety could be at serious risk.