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Taxi associations shun JATOO request

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

AT LEAST two taxi associations have distanced themselves from a request made by the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) for a 40 per cent fare increase at this time.

The National Council of Taxi Association (NCOTA) and the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica (RTAJ) on Tuesday declared that they were not in support of an increase in taxi fares at this time.

In a release, the two taxi associations castigated JATOO, calling its pronouncements about a fare increase "irresponsible".

"We believe in dialogue as a first approach, and in all our endeavours the travelling public is always paramount in any decision that we make," the taxi groups stated.

"Considering all the options that are available to us at this time, NCOTA and RTAJ wish to state that we support the approach of the JGRA (Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association) to seek for the removal or the capping of the gas tax, as this would be a more practical move."

The taxi associations noted that they were cognisant of the hardship faced by the travelling public at this time. In this regard, they say any move by them to advocate for an increase in fares would be after all other options have been exhausted.