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Taxi drivers seek fare hike

Published:Friday | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A PROMINENT taxi lobby is putting the Government on notice that operators will be applying for a 40 per cent increase in taxi fares in April.

But minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Morais Guy, has already signalled to the operators that a fare increase would not happen at this time.

The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) said it would be submitting its proposal for a fare increase to Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies and the Transport Authority.

Noting that the submission would be made on April 17, JATOO said taxi operators were "unable to continue the overhead costs to operate and we will be seeking an increase of 40 per cent".

Rising fuel costs

JATOO said its members were struggling to maintain the service in the face of rising fuel costs and overall operating expenses.

However, Guy told The Gleaner that he advised taxi operators yesterday that the Government was not contemplating a fare increase at this time.

"In the whole mix and scheme of things, any proposed fare increase would have to be considered against the background of the economic condition and the fiscal space in which we operate," he added.