Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2015 Contents Shurland Cuffy,
Yes, this is a good cut, a very good
cut. Right now they have to do
everything they could to balance
the money they have. People will
not die if they don't have a
Christmas party. I am all for
spending less money in these times.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
President of the North/South Taxi
Drivers Association says the handful of
drivers who initially vowed not to raise
their fares on November 30, have had a
change of heart.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Hayden Whiskey said the oppos-
ing drivers did not hold out for long.
The increase in taxi fares came after a
meeting on November where members of
the association voted to increase fares by
$2. A Port-of-Spain to San Fernando taxi
driver now charges $17.
"They have had a change of heart, they
held out for most of the day (Monday) but
by this morning, they switched over to the
new fares," he said.
"Some of them changed over (Monday)
evening, after realising that we were going
through with the increase."
Whiskey said he expects that by the end
of Tuesday, there will be no more hold-
Whiskey said passengers did not
voice much concern over the
"We haven t really gotten any
complaints from the public. Now
and then, you would have some-
one asking who is the $15 drivers,
but all that will stop in a few days."
The T&T Guardian also spoke to Andre
Morrison, the driver who was leading the
charge to resist the increase in fares.
Morrison confirmed he had raised his
fares as well.
"As of today, I started collecting the
$17," said Morrison.
"I remained the last and only driver,
everyone else took the $17 and left me out
in the cold."
He said there are some complaints from
passengers and passengers who are opting
to use the Public Service Transport Cor-
poration (PTSC) buses because of the
"Some people are quarreling, some are
going for the bus but there is nothing left
to do, so from today I started collecting
the $17 as well."
"Yes, it makes sense to cut back on
Christmas expenses because the
money could be better spent
elsewhere. People suffering in the
hospital, so let us spend the money on
health so people can be better off.
Don't waste it on Christmas parties."
Veronica St Clair,
"No, I do not agree
with this. People have
a right to be happy for
Christmas. How will
entertainment if they
cut back on Christmas
party expenses? Let
the children be happy
"Yes, I totally agree with this. We
have a tough road ahead so we have
to cut expenditure for Christmas
parties. When the economy starts to
boom again, we could spend more."
Shekinah Leeann Bhadai,
"Yes, I agree there should be some
cuts in government expenditure. The
public servants deserve to have
some celebrations but it doesn't
have to be extravagant. They could
have an end of year party but it
doesn't have to be extravagant."
"I will agree with this only if
they also make cuts for every
other religious holiday. You
cannot make cuts only for
Christmas parties. It should
be so for every other religious
Do you agree with the
Govt's decision to roll
back on Christmas
Taximen cave in
Water Taxi director Sharon Taylor is
encouraging members of the traveling
public who are feeling the bite of increased
taxi fares to use the water taxi as their $15
one-way fare remain the same.
Taylor, who was speaking to the T&T
Guardian yesterday, said there is seating
for additional passengers on the ferries.
"We have seats for additional
passengers and of course we would
encourage the public to use the water
taxis, the price remains the same $15," said
She said if the volume of passengers
increases rapidly at any point in time,
reviews in the schedule of the ferries
would be done.
"We are already at maximum (sailings)
at present, if anything changes of course
we would have to review our schedules.
But for right now, we have capacity."
The Water Taxi service operates 12
sailings per day, with two vessels, each has
a capacity of 405 passengers.
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