Lack of taxis ‘costing Bermuda money’

Bermuda’s poor taxi service is costing the island money, a business consultant and non-executive director of the Bermuda Tourism Authority has warned.

Peter Everson said that an Uber-style ride-sharing service could take up the slack without killing off the traditional taxi service.

He added:We shoot ourselves in the foot. Every single visitor to Bermuda goes home with money they wanted to spend here.

Why? Because they couldn’t physically get to where they wanted to.”

Mr Everson said the introduction of an Uber-type service would help to put money in the pockets of Bermudians.

Mr Everson added: “The taxi drivers are older than the average age of the population. They are not there when they are needed.

If it wasn’t for the minibuses, we’d be dead in the water.

Next April, there will be more tourists coming and guest satisfaction is going down because they all spend too much time waiting.”

Research has shown that about 80 per cent of American visitors expected to find something similar to Uber on the island.

Mr Everson said that a failure to provide alternatives to taxis would cause a decline in visitor confidence. (READ REST OF THE FULL STORY HERE)

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