Motorcycle taxis complain about new transport bill
The National Board of Motorcycle Taxis (Conamotor) is threatening to encircle the Presidential Palace with motorcycles unless the Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo meets with them to discuss points arising from the new Transport Bill that affect their work.
Oscar Almanzar, president of the National Federation of Motorcycle Taxis, said their main issue with the bill that replaces a 52-year old transport law, is that both the driver and the passenger on a motorcycle taxi have to wear a helmet. He says this is a security risk as robberies will be carried out by criminals on a motorcycle with their faces covered with no means of identification. He said that if everyone used them the country would turn into a Venezuela or Columbia giving thieves a license to attack anyone without fear of identification.
Almanzar also complained about the clause in the new bill that makes it illegal to transport children under 8 years old. He asked how would school children get to school when many parents can only afford the RD$20 mototaxi fares.
He complained they had not been included in the talks prior to Congress passing the bill. The bill has yet to be signed into law by President Danilo Medina.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Feb 17, 2017
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