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Protesting St Thomas cabbies apologise to stranded CXC students

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:18 PM
Taxi drivers in St Thomas park their vehicles in protest today.

Shanna Monteith, Gleaner Writer

Scores of students scheduled to sit their Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)-administered exams were left stranded in St Thomas this morning as taxi operators stopped working to protest against poor road conditions in the parish.

The affected schools included Seaforth, Morant Bay and Port Morant high. 

As a result of the protest, Seaforth and Morant Bay high schools had to dispatch their buses to pick up the stranded students.

The taxi drivers have apologised to the students saying they are frustrated that the roads leading to the communities of Seaforth, Spring Garden, Trinityville, Cedar Valley and surrounding areas have been in a bad state for more than 20 years.

 

Taxi operator, Glendon Telfer.

However, they say they believe that a protest is the only way to effect change as all their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

 

Member of Parliament for St. Thomas Western James Robertson

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for St Thomas Western James Robertson says at least one of the roadways cited by the taxi operators needs to be properly fixed.