POLICE have charged some 369 persons, so far, for the year for using their private cars as taxis and Traffic Chief Superintendent Dion Moore has called on citizens to be cognisant of the dangers.
During an interview with the Department of Public/ Government Information Agency (DPI/GINA) he said that Guyana Police Force (GPF) Traffic Department has charged 369 persons thus far, who used their cars for a purpose other than 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.
“We cannot have owners of taxi services to only have private cars registered, they can have private cars but the use of those cars is what contributes to the offence… you cannot be licensed to operate private and want to carry passengers in your private car, it is an offence and once we recognise that is what you are using it for then we will charge you, once you are caught” Moore explained.
The Traffic Chief reiterates his call for owners of private cars not to use their vehicle for a purpose other than what it is licensed. He also asks that members of the public desist from utilising such cars as their safety could be at serious risk.