Chalkie asserts his rights and challenges Global Ports’ new procedures and ID card governing entry to Heritage Quay


REAL NEWS: Taxi operators who ply their trade in the Heritage Quay area will be subject to new procedures and an entry-card requirement soon.

This is an initiative being undertaken by Global Ports Holdings (GPH) Ltd., which is responsible for the management of the cruise-tourism sector, including the Heritage Quay Shopping Complex.

Application forms reportedly are being circulated to taxi operators with a request that they complete and sign.

In the accompanying explanation, GPH says the new procedures have been established for security purposes, while the identity cards will allow duly registered taxi operators entry into the shopping complex.

However, it advises, the ID does not grant them entry into the port.

The application targets authorized members of the St. John’s Taxi Association who wish to enter Heritage Quay and ply their trade among cruise-ship passengers.

However, well-known taxi-operator Clefrin “Chalkie” Colbourne is not at all pleased with this development and the position of the Association’s head on the matter.

As he struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, Colbourne says, Global Ports was nowhere around and it did not offer taxi operators a stimulus, assistance or advice.

Chalkie says he is his own boss, knows what is best for him to do, and believes in rights.   Therefore, he says, he will not be forced into doing anything he does not wish.

The veteran taxi-operator says that persons in authority have a tendency of implementing things without first having discussions with those who will be impacted.

In order to obtain the GPH identification card, taxi-operators must submit a number of documents, including: a valid work permit (for non-citizens); a COVID-19 vaccination card; copies of the Ministry of Tourism’s Licensing and Classification Permit and its COVID-19 certification; and a valid driver’s license.

Other requirements are copies of a Public Service Permit from the Transport Board and of the requisite vehicle insurance, as well as a mandatory ISPS Sensitization Awareness Training Certificate.

According to GBH, applications submitted without the required documentation will not be accepted, and all new applicants will undergo security vetting and background checks.

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  2. “he says, he will not be forced into doing anything he does not wish”

    Good! Exercise your freedom of CHOICE!

    • Thank you for the declaration of transparency. There is another media group that touts itself as the ONLY “INDEPENDENT” media in Antigua.

      It is managed by a POLITICAL CANDIDATE and anyone who calls in to certain radio programs with a view that doesn’t fit their ideology is CUT OFF FORTHWITH!

      It has also BANNED the spokesman for the government who has occupied an interview slot for years now.

      So thank you for NOT PRETENDING to have no political affiliation.

  3. Since when work permits are issued to taxi drivers? I was under the opinion that one had to either be a National of Antigua and Barbuda ( born ya) or a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda ( usually by descent, marriage or a Caricom national having lived here in Antigua and Barbuda for a prescribed number of years). When did that change?

  4. Just saying, Slow talker, well, well well. Why everything have to be politics. Putting strain on the taxi drivers is just adding hardship to their already hard life. Have some empathy and stop with y’all bad behavior. The man standing his ground. It is so sad that some Antiguans don’t know how to stand up for what they believe. They accept anything. That’s why the dictator treat us like that. Gaston out there with his deep, deep pocket while y’all scraping bun rice and y’all still stooping so low. STOP IT!

    • Sounds more like someone who wants no rules, figures he can do whatever he wants, damn the consequences. Such persons you tend to find lacked proper parenting.

  5. What strain is this putting on the taxi men- y’all just don’t want to abide by no rules at all

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