John de Jongh ordered an indefinite hold on this week’s Motor Vehicle Bureau directive that would have prohibited St. Thomas rental cars from the car barge and being driven on St. John.
The Governor issued the order last evening after hundreds of complaints from tourists and local businesspeople reacted to the lead story from NewsofStJohn.com Wednesday morning.
The St. John Source (full story here) said the Governor’s stay of the order will give the attorney general’s office time to study whether the MVB order conflicts with local or federal law regarding commerce.
Among the dozens of complaints received by News of St John:
- Anthony said, “I have been traveling to STJ for 11 years but the airlines have become ridiculously insane with bad scheduling, outrageous ticket prices and endless fees. For the last 5 or 6 years I have rented a vehicle on STT and barged over to STJ. This will actually be my last time. I've had enough.”
- Richard added, “Why make it so hard for your main source of $$$. I’ve done the taxi, what a nightmare! I will go to other islands, but I will miss my St. John. I feel for the villa owners and island businesses!”
During the day, as complaints flooded the Governor’s office and travel forums, businesspeople on St. John were advised the Governor would put a 60-day hold on the Motor Vehicle rule. But as the clamor grew louder, his spokesperson said the hold was “effective … until further notice.”
- Dozens of visitors said the BMV order could be the last straw
- An online petition to the Goverbor has been launched