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Taxi groups not satisfied with fare increase

Published:Monday | August 19, 2013 | 8:07 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



At least two associations which represent public passenger operators are expressing dissatisfaction with the 25 per cent fare increase for the sector.




President of the National Council of Taxi Association, Dion Chance, says the fare is well below the 40 per cent which members had requested.



The Council has a membership of about 30,000.



Chance says he is disappointed that there was no consultation before a final decision on the fare increase was announced.



Sophia Campbell, President of the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica, says she too is disappointed that the transport minister did not grant a higher increase.



The RTAJ had proposed an increase of 30 per cent.



Campbell says her members cannot survive with the government’s 25 per cent increase and believes that the amount needs to be reconsidered.



The associations say they will be meeting with their memberships this week after which they will decide their next step.



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