The State does not have a good handle on who is operating motor vehicles in this country.
That’s the view of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he raised the matter of PH taxis, while commenting on the murder of Ashanti Riley.
The body of the 18-year-old was found on Friday, days after she went missing after boarding a PH taxi to go visit her grandmother.
During Saturday’s media briefing, Dr Rowley said: “There was a time in this country, when you could not operate a motor-vehicle for hire, unless you were cleared by the state to be a person of good character. Your vehicle was so marked and then you were authorised to do that, because of the danger involved in any Tom, Dick and Harry, operating a motor vehicle and is allowed to pick up people and we end up with this as the outcome.”
He added: “I am coming to the conclusion that the State does not have a good handle on who is operating motor vehicles in this country.”
The PM said: “among those people, many of them are people who should have nothing to do with picking up people in a motor vehicle.”