Last week's explosive reaction to a slightly-daft government employee's decision to try to prohibit St. Thomas rental vehicles from coming to St.John shed new light on the island's taxi business.
Such a move – now pushed aside by the Governor – would have a dramatic impact on both islands.
One St. Thomas car rental operator told the St. John Source (Read the full story.) nearly 75% of his business is in renting cars people are going to take to St. John. If the Bureau of Motor Vehicles blocked such rentals, "I'd be out of business," he told Lynda Lohr, the reporter.
On St. John, she heard Albert Willis of St. John Car Rental complain that regulations on the taxi business need updating. He said St. John has a quota of 625 rental cars and the number has not been changed in 20 years.
Another St. John car rental company owner said he thinks visitors bring as many s 800 St. Thomas cars come across the Sound weekly. "That's terrible for St. John businesses," said Greg Edward. Because of this, he's unable to rent all his available cars.