Quite some time ago there was discussion that taxis were to install meters. Did that go away and why?
Auntie’s answer: No, that hasn’t gone away; it is working its way through the system. An official with the Public Transport Board explained that it is developing a strategic plan, a process which began September last year when the PTB held a retreat and started to shape public transport priorities.
The retreat followed a review of recommendations on public transport by Deloitte, with the Ministry of Transport and the PTB agreeing to “construct a plan for success” for the sector.
“These priorities are being organised into an action plan to address short-, medium- and long-term goals. Currently, the Public Transport Board is hosting stakeholder meetings to ensure all relevant areas of infrastructure and general interests are addressed in the strategic plan,” the official said.
As far as the introduction of taxi meters, the PTB is expecting to release a full update on the public transport strategic plan by the end of the second quarter of this year, after which the board “plans to address the community on the topic of metering”.
I realise that doesn’t give you a definitive answer on taxi meters, but it does get you up to date on the process. Stay tuned for the release of the plan by the middle of the year.
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