THE EDITOR, Sir:The heads of the umbrella taxi groups in Jamaica must either be living in another country, where public passenger vehicles (PPVs) are at the bottom of the food chain, locked away in seclusion from the rest of society, or they are just COMPLETELY unconcerned about the harsh economic pinch most Jamaicans feel daily.
How could they - at a time like this - be clamouring for not even just a fare increase, but a greater one than that which they have already received? Weh people mus' get ee from? Especially now with back-to-school in effect. A nuh tutty-gran school fee!
Do they not realise that in a time of wage freezes and bitter IMF medicine, people simply CANNOT afford to pay more? Additionally, many - not all, but many - operators provide substandard service. Why on earth should we pay more?
The fares were increased on August 25, 2013 and already hundreds of overcharging complaints are being made each day. Some accept overcharging for fear of what operators will do if they don't pay the hiked prices.
One association president has said he has instructed his members to charge children 75 per cent of the adult fare, when by law it should be 50 per cent. How can you send such a message and still expect a favourable outcome? We CANNOT reward this behaviour by dishing out more money.
Everyone has to be cutting costs, and taxi groups need to be thankful for the increase already granted, especially when any such thing is a scarce commodity unless it's named 'cost of living'.
Commuters and PPV operators live in the same country, with the same challenges, so operators should not expect commuters to pay for all their problems.
I don't agree with most of the utterances of the Government, but Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies was spot on in informing the umbrella groups that seeking any further increase would only be a waste of time.
Wi nuh have no more money!