San/Fernando and Chaguanas taxi drivers look for passengers at their stand on Broadway, Port-of-Spain yesterday, despite the call for taxi drivers to rest due to the 50 per cent capacity.

The Ministry of Health has updated the Public Health Regulations to increase the capacity of taxis and maxi taxis from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

The new regulations were issued late last evening.

Clause 5 of the new regulations states, “During the period specified in regulation 14, a person who provides public transport in a motor vehicle shall not carry, where the motor vehicle is– (a) a motor car, more than seventy-five per cent; or (b) every other type of motor vehicle, more than seventy-five per cent, of the number of passengers for which the motor vehicle is licensed to carry.”

The change comes on the same day that taxi drivers staged a protest by staying home, as they argued that the 50 per cent capacity was not efficient and reasonable.

The updated regulations will now be in effect until July 18 2021.