STA's Constitution

 

Constitution of the Soufriere Taxi Association

The Soufriere Taxi Association
It is hereby agreed that the following shall be adopted as Rules of THE SOUFRIERE TAXI ASSOCIATION (hereinafter called the Association) in place of the Rules filed with the Registrar of Business Names on 4th February 1988 as follows:
NOTE: The information below does not represent the entire Constitution of The Soufriere taxi Association Document
 

Aims & Objectives

  1. To help foster better interpersonal relationship between drivers, and between drivers and the general public.
  2. To seek proper legislative measures in the interest of the organization aimed at public transport improvement, and to make representation at all appropriate levels where legislation or reputation may appear to be contrary to the interests of the organization.
  3. To foster members’ participation in viable and profitable business ventures which cannot be undertaken individually, and are projected to bring positive benefits to both the individual members and the organization.
  4. To establish and operate all types of services used in connection with, or necessary to taxi transport, and to enter into partnership if the need arises.
  5. To affiliate with similar bodies with similar aims whether in St.Lucia, Regionally or internationally, for the furtherance of the objectives of the organization. To carry on, encourage and assist in educational work and advisory work relating to proper driving, road safety, and

Membership

  1. Membership of the Association shall be open to taxi owners who are certified by the Ministry of Tourism and reside between the Canaries and Saltibus Route.
  2. Application for the membership shall be made to the Secretary of the Association upon such form as the Executive shall from time to time prescribe and shall be supported by the following:
    - Certificate of Road Worthiness insurance and License Document
    Drivers License
    Doctors Certificate
    Police Certificate of Charter
  3. Candidate for membership shall be approved by the Executive.
  4. Members shall be permitted to operate within the Association no more than one vehicle with the maximum capacity of fourteen (14) passengers.

Conduct & Discipline

  1. It shall be the duty of every member to conduct him self in a manner befitting the bye-laws of the Association.
  2. Every member shall be all times display the necessary discipline, which will harmonize his work as a taxi driver.
  3. A member found guilty to have contravened the constitution, rules and bye-laws of the Association shall, depending on the gravity of the offence, be reprimanded, warned or suspended for a  period of twenty one- (21) days in the first instance; suspended for a period of sixty (60) days in the second instance; he will be expelled in the third instance

Monthly Dues

Monthly dues shall be in such sum as the Executive shall determine from time to time and shall be paid by automatic deduction.

Executive Committee

  1. The management and administration of the association and the conduct of its business shall be vested in the Executive Committee which shall comprise of the following
    -The President
    - The Vice President
    - A Secretary
    - A Treasurer
    - A Public Relations Officer
    - 3 Trustees
    All of whom shall be elected by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
  2. A legitimate meeting of the General Body may also dismiss a member of the executive providing that the resolution is supported by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the meeting.
  3. The Executive Committee may, by appointment, fill any vacancy occurring among its members resulting from death, resignation, dismissal or expulsion of any of its member occurring between Annual General Meetings. If more than one vacancy arises on the executive simultaneously, then the replacements will be elected at an extra-ordinary meeting of the general membership.

Duties & Conduct of Members

  1. Members at all times must execute their work with pride, courteousness, honesty and patience.
  2. Members must be cleanly dressed when performing their duties as taxi drivers. Casual wear such as T-shirt, slippers or shabby clothes are forbidden. If a uniform shirt is provided it is to be worn.
  3. Vehicles driven by members must always be road worthy. The road worthiness shall be determined by the appropriate authorities including the Executive Committee of the Association. Vehicles must also be kept clean and mechanically sound.
  4. Members must drive with due care and attention. The Association will not tolerate persistent reports of reckless or fast driving.
  5. In the execution of duty, members will turn on their radio or stereo (musical) sets at the request, or upon seeking the permission of the paying passenger(s).
  6. Members shall behave in an orderly manner at and around their place of work. Indecent exposure and the use of obscene language at such places are forbidden.