The Ministry of Works and Transport may soon be able to implement a system to register, track and identify ‘PH’ taxis and their drivers.
So said Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan during an interview on CNC3’s the Morning Brew on Tuesday.
Sinanan’s ministry along with the office of the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi have been given a mandate by the Prime Minister, to come up with a system to deal with PH taxis.
Sinanan said his ministry’s technical staff have already started working with the office of the Attorney General to draft a policy to take to the Cabinet and he has assured that all ‘PH’ taxis will be registered with his ministry in under a year.
He said “We gave ourselves a one year period but I am sure much sooner than that we will have a document because we are going to start consultations again and we are going to have a policy document to present to the Cabinet after consultations with the stakeholders,” Sinanan said.
He said discussions about legalising ‘PH’ drivers have been ongoing since Jack Warner was the Transport Minister, but with the technology available now, his Ministry would be able to implement a system to register, track and identify ‘PH’ taxis and their drivers.
Sinanan plans to take legislation to Parliament in a few weeks, for the use of Radio Frequency Identification registration plates to help easier identify ‘PH’ drivers from the rest of the driving population.
“With the technology now we will be able to identify a PH car that is working, you will be able to log on, its simple technology, once you are working, where you are working, things like that and we will be able to put some identification markers on the vehicle because if you want a system to work, we have to have some buy-in from the drivers as well.”