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Rethink hike in taxi fares

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I do hope that Dr Omar Davies, the transport minister, and his technocrats look carefully at both sides of the issue relating to taxi-fare increases - that of the operator and the commuter.

As it stands now, it would be in the best interest of citizens if a rollback of the gas tax is carried out instead of a fare hike.

The plight of the poor, the mandate on which the People's National Party Government campaigned to win in December, and whose cause they are continuing to push, would be greatly affected by a move to enact a 40 per cent increase.

Take into consideration those who are living on a minimum wage, or wage which is barely above that standard. How will they manage if taxi fares rise by 40 per cent?

Commuters are suffering too. Following the last fare hike, gas prices went down, but the practice is not to decrease fares with decreasing prices.

A 40 per cent fare hike will have dire effects on the general populace. Some other amicable solution is necessary.