Orange Walk Town Regulates Taxi Parking and Pick Up Areas

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Updated: September 15, 2015

Last week we told you about the issue between the Orange Walk Town Municipal Authority and short-stop taxi operators over the enforcing of a new traffic regulation.  The two sides have met and have reached a compromise.  Arturo Cantun reports.

ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING

“Following the meeting between the Municipal Traffic Authority and the dollar taxi operators, forty of the operators have joined and formed the United Two Dollar Taxi Union.  Two weeks ago an issue arose after traffic officers started to enforce an existing regulation of no parking or dropping off of customers on both sides of the entire Queen Victoria Avenue in Orange Walk Town.  The Town Council went ahead and designated an exclusive parking zone for these taxi operators where they will be allowed to have passengers board and alight the vehicle.  This change has come along with an increase in fees.  United Two Dollar Taxi Union president Willbert Aragon explains.”

WILBERT ARAGON

“We are changing from one dollar and fifty cents that we usually charge to two dollars. This is due to the cost of the parking space that the municipality or the Town Council has given us. The fee that we are getting charged for the parking space is sixty dollars per month.”

ARTURO CANTUN

“That is the one in front of the Youth For The Future?”

WILBERT ARAGON

“Yes.”

ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING

“As part of the discussion with the Municipal Traffic Authority, members of the union have agreed to adhere to all traffic laws which include to be properly identified.”

WILBERT ARAGON

“All members of the United Two Dollars Taxi Association will have a sticker provided from the Traffic Department; also we will have our own logo on the side of the car so they can readily be identified as members. All vehicles must be road worthy and must meet public service requirements. We look forward to working with them and educating the people.”

ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING

“Aragon said that members don’t expect their business to be affected due to the enforcement of the traffic laws.”

WILBERT ARAGON

“It’s all about education. It doesn’t really hamper the business, I think it’s about educating the people. If the people know exactly where to wait for passengers, you know, go on the other side where it is already assigned and wait for a taxi on the other side then it would help the taxi owners as well. If you pick up people on the side you are not supposed to then eventually you will have consequences to get a ticket.”

ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING

“Between 7pm and 6am the United Two Dollar Taxi Union’s parking space will extend to in front of the post office on Arthur Street.”