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Taxi operators want fares increased

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 5:55 PM
President of the National Council of Taxi Associations, Deon Chance declined to divulge the level of increase being sought but gave an assurance that it was less than 50 per cent.

The executive of the National Council of Taxi Associations (NCOTA) has taken a decision to write to Transport Minister Mike Henry requesting an increase in taxi fares.

The decision was taken during a meeting in Kingston today.

President of the association, Deon Chance declined to divulge the level of increase being sought but gave an assurance that it was less than 50 per cent.

Today’s meeting was prompted by the government’s decision to impose another $7 in special consumption tax on fuel.

The special consumption tax on fuel was among the revenue measures announced by Finance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday to help fund the $580 million National Budget.

Chance says the announcement by Shaw brings to $16 the amount in taxes imposed on fuel in the past year.

Noting that taxi operators have been absorbing the additional costs for a long time, Chance insisted that Thursday’s announcement was the last straw.