The Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities, Senator the Hon. Michael M. Fahy, JP announced today that he has met with a number of stakeholders in respect of proposed amendments to the Motor Car Act to allow for the rental of quadricycles in Bermuda.
Stakeholders included the Bermuda Taxi Owners & Operators, the two minibus associations and the taxi dispatch companies.
Road safety concerns included increased congestion and the effect on stakeholders' business. It was agreed that the amended bill would make it clear that it is in respect of quadricycle rentals only.
The Minister said, "I am pleased with the suggestions made by the various stakeholders and I undertook to make a number of changes to give comfort to the industry about the intent of Government, and that is to allow for rental of quadricycle vehicles in Bermuda - not regular cars. I reiterated that there is no intent of any kind to allow for a full rental vehicle market in Bermuda. The bill, as tabled, restricts the size of such vehicles to be allowed on the road. We shall also be tabling regulations in relation to the cycle and quadricyle liveries and other road safety matters."
"The government is committed to enhancing the products available to our visitors and it is anticipated that the use of such vehicles will have a minimal impact on our industry partners. There are a number of other items that need to be addressed with respect to transport and I look forward to continuing discussions with industry partners to resolve standing issues. The amended bill will be tabled in the November session."