The Belize City Council has made some adjustments to the fares charged to taxi drivers in the city. Councilor Allan Pollard says it was a decision made at a recent meeting and even though the council is strapped for cash, the move will not further cripple the council’s purse.
Councilor Allan Pollard: Last week we have passed a resolution in the council to slash the current service fee in half which was $20 per month for each taxi. We have slashed that and we brought it down to $10. The taxi people they really appreciate: the operators, the drivers, everybody appreciate so it’s one stepping stone to getting where we want to be and that’s what we campaigned on, the platform; we met with a lot of taxi operators before election and that was the concern from them and we are happy to address that.
Reporter: Ok so now how is the council able to in a time of revenue crunch how is the council able to afford a 50% discount in this operations fee?
Councilor Allan Pollard: Well in terms of the council and this department’s revenue we have optimized in different areas so it won’t be a significant hit to us in terms of revenue that we are collecting right now.
There are a total of thirteen taxi unions who are benefiting from the cut in service fees.