Taxi drivers need exclusive parking in Christiansted
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The taxi stand on King Street, Christiansted, is established to provide the "convenience and needs of the taxi-using public," according to V.I. law.
In addition to establishing the exclusive permanent parking area for taxis, the legislation also authorizes the police commissioner to establish, and from time to time alter, modify, or remove exclusive parking areas for taxis on the island of St. Croix "at such places where he may determine will serve the convenience and needs of the taxi-using public." [20 V.I.C. 497b].
Within the next two to three weeks, that part of the taxi stand from Queen Cross Street to Church Street cannot be occupied as a taxi stand until WAPA completes the laying of its underground cable. That necessitates action by the police commissioner - as is required by the legislation - to establish exclusive parking areas for taxis at such a place that will serve the convenience and needs of the taxi-using public,
While taxis may occupy that part of the exclusive permanent parking area between King Cross and Queen Cross Streets, downtown taxi service from the waterfront must be made available to the guests of the surrounding hotels who walk with, or drag their luggage to, the area between Church and King Streets with the hope of finding available taxis in that area. Service must also be provided to shoppers and residents alike who make calls to the telephone there to request taxi service.
The 18 taxi drivers who operate from the taxi stand and who take calls from the phone in numerical sequence in order to provide the necessary taxi service, appeal to the acting police commissioner to give consideration to the convenience and needs of the taxi-using public when choosing the location for exclusive taxi parking during the work done by WAPA.
- Kelvin Dennie is a St. Croix taxi driver.