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Red Hills Road a racecourse for 'robots'

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The condition of Red Hills Road has deteriorated over the years. I am wondering why the Government does not set up a water catchment in that area, as it reminds me of the Rio Cobre when it rains.

The quality of the road leaves motorists with constant front-end problems. It is the constant traffic build-up that enables some vehicles to survive the daily strain on them. After all, there is not much to do than to slowly get to your destination. But this doesn't apply to all drivers.

As you sit in traffic, you will see a number of cars shooting by at lightning speed. It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's a taxi operator! Whitehall or Price Rite taxi operators to be exact. On a number of occasions, you will wonder if the unregistered, or 'robot', is going to hit the vehicle you're in, leaving you to question your eyesight, since you are unable to see this 'imaginary third lane' they have created on Red Hills Road.

I am sure that everyone who drives on this route has had at least two encounters per week trying to swerve from these taxi drivers. On top of all the combat driving skills you will need to acquire to avoid getting your car damaged by them, they will verbally assault you even if you are driving in the lane that was assigned to you by the law. Many of them are unlicensed, or 'robot', taxis.

I hope that the Government can curb their behaviour, as there is no respect for the Road Traffic Act or for anyone else who travels on this route.

SHELDON MOFFAT

sheldonmoffat@yahoo.com