Scores of taxi operators withdraw service over handling of key matters affecting the sector

Scores of taxi operators across the country, withdrew their service on Monday morning, to register their displeasure, over the handling of key matters affecting the sector.

Some of the concerns, relate to several aspects of the newly implemented road traffic act.

Despite Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announcement, that the National Road Safety Council will meet on Thursday to review the regulations, the operators have staged protests, to have the issues addressed more urgently.

Operators in at least five parishes including St. Ann, Manchester, St. James and Kingston have withdrawn service.

Irie Fm news, spoke with some taxi operators in Half-Way-Tree in St Andrew, who said, while they are pleased, that the government, will take steps to review the child restraint provision of the act, other aspects of the act, also need attention.

One taxi operator found issue with the $5,000 fines, for motorists, with no brake or park lights, and headlamps.

He said, oftentimes, these car features, stop working, due to deplorable road conditions, and without motorists being aware.

The taxi operator also lamented, that it is unfair that motorists would be fined, if their vehicles are not fit for the roadways, when the nation’s roads are not fit for drivers.

Meantime, some commuters said this morning’s protests have left them in grave difficulties.

One mother said, she had to travel in an overly packed bus with her toddler, to get to half way tree.

Another woman said she fears losing her job, as her attempts at getting to work, have been unsuccessful.


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