Septuagenarian cab drivers OK

The Cayman Islands government has approved regulations that would allow people older than 70 to operate public passenger vehicles.

Previously the Traffic Law (2007 Revision) regulations regarding public passenger vehicles did not allow those above the age of 70 to be granted taxicab operating licences.

Changes to the regulations, which will be become law if they are not disputed by any Legislative Assembly members within the next three weeks, would allow septuagenarians to hold those permits as long as they pass an annual medical exam, including an eye exam.

‘This was the equitable thing to do,’ Tourism Minister Charles Clifford said Friday. ‘We should not be discriminating on the basis of age.’

Cab drivers have long complained about government regulations which required physically capable drivers to quit their jobs simply because they had reached the age of 71.

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