#Providenciales, May 7, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication and Department of Road Safety are aware of a video circulating on social media involving an incident with a licensed public transport operator on the island of Providenciales. This matter is being investigated by the Road Safety Department and other relevant stakeholder agencies.
Commenting on the incident, Hon Vaden Williams, Minister with responsibility for Home Affairs Transportation and Communication stated; “The type of behavior that is being displayed in the video has no place in our jurisdiction and will not be tolerated by individuals to whom we grant permission and entrust confidence to provide public transportation of the highest standard and quality to locals and guests visiting our Islands from overseas. It is even more regrettable that this incident occurred while service was being provided to passengers given our reliance on the tourism industry. I wish to assure the public that we do not take this matter lightly and it will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
Section 11 of the Road Traffic Ordinance provides for the revocation of a licence on being satisfied on reasonable grounds that the licensee has failed to comply with any of the conditions to which the licence is subject. It further provides for the suspension of a licence for any period up to six months on being satisfied that any person to whom such a licence has been issued has conducted himself in such a way as to cause annoyance or nuisance to any member of the public, or generally to bring himself, the Islands or the operation of tourism in the Islands into disrepute.
The Minister’s decision is final should the decision be appealed.