Wed | Nov 21, 2018

Cure us of taximyelitis!

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM


There is a deadly and highly contagious disease on our streets called taximyelitis. It is a sickness caused by taxi drivers. You and your colleagues, I am positive, have seen this dreadful disease attacking honest, good, law-abiding road users hourly across Jamaica.

Enough is enough!. The police MUST do something about this. If it is not curbed and order restored, Jamaica will, like everything else negative and wrong, rank in the top five countries with the worst and most dangerous drivers. We have already lost the battles against murder, crime and corruption; try to stop us from losing this battle.

Why are we being subjected to these - I am not even sure what to call them - vile, ignorant imbeciles putting lives and property at risk every day? They abuse us and threaten us. The disease has spread so rapidly because there are hardly any police out there doing anything about it. In fact, there are police who are driving in the same disgusting manner as these taxi men.

More and more private drivers are doing the same thing as the taxis afflicted by drivermyelitis. There is not a traffic light anywhere that is not broken, many times well after the light has changed - with taxis overloaded with people, flying through at high speeds.

Are there no plans to curtail this? Where are the police? One feels NO police presence on the roads anymore.

To add insult to injury, two officers using a patrol car will ticket people by Sts Peter and Paul Prep who don't put on their indicators at a traffic light, resulting in a fine of $400. Is that REALLY a priority? Is that REALLY what High Command and traffic police sit and plan as necessary operations?

Many of the taxis have no insurance, so when operators hit our cars, we end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket. Insurance rates go up

Do something about this, Mr Commissioner.