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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018. 11:11 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the Orange Walk Town Council issued a release clarifying that the council was made aware of rumors being circulated within the municipality by certain taxi operators.

The council asserts that it is not forcing taxi operators to purchase vehicles from an investor or any one person and stressed that the rumors are a “complete fabrication.”

A video has been circulating on social media in which some taxi operators expressed their discontent with the Orange Walk town council, alleging that the council was trying to force taxi operators to purchase vehicles from an investor.

The council says that the facts are that an investor has brought in vehicles, which he is prepared to offer to existing taxi operators.

“ That is a matter solely between those taxi operators and the investor. We have passed no resolution in this regard. We have given no exclusive license or any such thing to the private investor,” the council says.

In 2017 the Council, realizing that the community was saturated as far as taxis were concerned, passed a moratorium on new taxi associations and new taxi operators.

Existing taxi operators can replace old, dilapidated vehicles and continue to operate, but there will be no new taxi-plates issued and no new associations sanctioned. There are enough taxi-operators in Orange Walk, the council said.

The council encourages taxi-operators to upgrade their vehicles in order to provide an efficient, reliable and comfortable service to residents of the town.

When taxi operators choose to do so, it is their own business if they do it through a personal loan from a financial institution, through a deal with the said investor, or through Boledo winnings. None of that is a matter for the Council, the statement said.

The council says that it remains committed to the residents of Orange Walk town.

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