Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. Orange Walk Bureau Reporting: This afternoon, about fifteen $1.50 taxi operators met with the Traffic Manager of the Orange Walk Municipal Traffic Authority to voice their concerns over their pick up and drop off zones.
The Traffic Department is now enforcing the regulations and policies in place as it pertains to the rules of the road and that move was met with discontentment.
According to Traffic Manager, Aldair Lima, the move was not one implemented over night, but being enforced because of the mounting complaints from residents and other motorists about the way the operators conduct business on the roads and obstruct the flow of traffic.
Union taxi operators say their bread and butter is being affected with the way these $1.50 taxi operators have been conducting their business; irresponsible and haphazardly.
But Traffic Manager Aldair Lima says the Department is simply trying to prevent tragedies from occurring since these drivers are extremely competitive and aggressive on the road.
Oscar Rivero, who is a $1.50 taxi operator, says after meeting with the Traffic Manager they got a clearer understanding of the policies in place and will make the necessary changes and abide by the road rules.
Lima says a moratorium is in place to not allow any more taxi operator licenses for Orange Walk Town. There are approximately 30 taxi operators under the $1.50 banner.
The Orange Walk Municipal Traffic Authority advises all residents that the portion in front of the Ignacio Vega building is the ONLY Taxi Drop off and Pick up Zone.
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