In collaboration with representatives of the various taxi associations (Turks and Caicos Associated Taxi, Sunshine Taxi, and Provo Taxi Company) and after a series of meetings with the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, the Tourist Board, in addition to the Road Safety and Transportation Department, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) has agreed to manage taxi operations at Providenciales International Airport.
TCIAA has been given the responsibility as delegated to them by the Director of Road Safety and Transportation which is not dissimilar to other jurisdictions within the Caribbean and beyond in the interest of the traveling public to ensure seamless coordination and operations.
This coordination is now in effect for better taxi management and, whilst the TCIAA assumes the responsibility of the facility being currently occupied, users are expected to make a contribution of $0.65 per day for unlimited and unfettered access to the facility.
“This contribution by no means covers the cost that is incurred to facilitate them and the representatives of their associations agreed that it would be ideal for the TCIAA to manage all aspect of collections. The cost is insignificant in comparison to the past cost of circa $125 per month levied before the TCIAA took management,” the TCIAA said in a press release.
All additional cost associated with maintenance, the bathrooms and other facilities to improve their livelihood is a cost born by TCIAA at no additional cost to the taxis.
The TCIAA, the Tourist Board and the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association said they recognize that it is human nature that change is rebuffed; however, this is not seen as a change but the need to assist in the enforcement of regulation in a cooperative and collaborative manner all in the interest of the traveling public, the tourism industry and the economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands.