The Police in Dominica is expressing concern about the recent revelations by the general public that they are being charged fees to the Melville Hall Airport from Roseau which are not regulated by the Transport Board.
The standard fee from Roseau to the airport is $65 but according to persons traveling to the airport, they are being charged $80 since the advent of night landing.
Some taxi operators are reportedly telling commuters, “there is a day fee to the airport and a night fee.”
However, Police Chief Daniel Carbon, who is chairman of the Dominica Transport Board, described the increase as “illegal” and mandated police PRO, Inspector John Carbon, to speak on the matter.
Inspector Carbon told DNO that as far as he knows, the fees to the airport and also for public transportation are governed or regulated by the Transport Board.
“If the fares are to be changed, then, it must come to the Minister of Transport and Cabinet through the Transport Board,” he explained. “If the fees have not been changed by the board then any such action by operators is very illegal.”
He went on to say that there is nothing in the regulations stating there is a night fee or day fee for the airport. “You have a standard fee and just to let the public know that the fee from Melville Hall to Roseau is $65,” the police PRO stated.
Carbon noted that he spoke to a member (the president) of a taxi association who tried to justify taxi operator’s actions by saying that they must travel from Melville Hall to Roseau through Pont Case, but he was reminded that there is nothing in the regulations which said they must take that route or any route.
“So if they (the taxi association) have to charge any additional fee (s) they will have to make a recommendation through the Transport Board to the Minister to Cabinet but anything charged other than the stipulated fees is illegal,” he said.
He stated commuters should report any fare increase to the police.
“Persons need to be aware of the fares and if they are charged anything more, should make a report to the police who will deal with the matter,” Carbon said.