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preying on us
Taxi drivers who ply their trade in
San Fernando are now accusing mem-
bers of the city s business community
of unfairly targeting them.
This came a day after San Fernando
Mayor Kazim Hosein issued a press
release stating the drivers will no longer
be allowed to wait on the left side of
High Street to enter their respective
Hosein said that latest change, in
addition to the lengthening of the taxi
stand, come as a result of numerous
complaints by the business community.
But secretary of the Port-of-
Spain/San Fernando Taxi Drivers Asso-
ciation, Matthew Alexander, told the
T&T Guardian yesterday taxi drivers
have become easy prey for business
"When drivers pull up on the left
side, they are waiting to come onto the
"The ideal thing is to come on the
stand and we are ticketed while wait-
ing... they don t want us waiting there.
The business owners have all kinds of
reasons why we should not be there,"
Alexander said the delivery drivers
who came to drop off goods in the city
were a major cause of congestion.
"When they come to deliver and they
are finished, they sit in their trucks and
have lunch and that is what causes the
"I understand the commercial vehicles
have to drop off their goods but they
take an enormous amount of time to
do so," he added.
He said the business owners showed
very little regard for taxi drivers.
"We are the ones bringing in the
shoppers, bringing your employees to
work and still we are looked down on.
Taxi drivers are easy prey.
"We are essential service and we
always have to face this kind of dis-
crimination from the business people,"
He said the lengthening of the taxi
stand could only do so much as there
were over 50 vehicles working the San
Fernando/Port of Spain route.
Association reaches out
to customs retirees
The Association of Retired Customs
Officers of T&T (ARCOTT) is reaching
out to past officers in an attempt to
ensure their members receive the
physical, emotional and financial sup-
port they require during this phase
of their lives.
Hosting a mid-year concert last Sat-
urday at the Learning Resource Centre,
University of the West Indies, St
Augustine, ARCOTT officials said they
were seeking to create a greater sense
of camaraderie among officers as they
featured a wealth of talent hand-picked
from its complement of past and serv-
Organised by ARCOTT s public rela-
tions officer and events manager,
Eleshia Jaggassar, the event was also
used as a fund-raising platform as they
collected monies which would be used
to assist retirees to access quality health
care and other social services.
Speaking after the mini-concert,
Jaggassar said the organisation, which
had over 200 members and was 24
years old, was aiming to "help retired
officers as we have a database of who
we have to reach out to."
Revealing there were former officers
who now needed help to survive, Jag-
gassar said they intended to make sure
they were properly cared for as they
had provided yeoman service to the
country by developing the customs
and excise industry.
Adding this was only the first install-
ment of its kind, Jaggassar said
ARCOTT would now seek feedback
from members to determine what form
the next mid-year event would take.
Jaggassar also thanked the Customs
and Excise Department for the welfare
grant that assisted in the staging of
Saturday s concert, adding that Comp-
troller, Glenn Singh, was supportive
of ARCOTT s endeavours to assist
South taxi drivers:
Cops break up robbery ring
Three men were taken into police
custody after San Fernando CID offi-
cers saw them trying to break into a
car parked close to the San Fernando
According to reports, around 11.30
am yesterday, the officers, acting on
a tip-off, swarmed the area and were
able to corner the men before they
could steal anything from the vehi-
cle.Police say the men, all in their early
20 s, were a part of an elaborate rob-
bery ring that has been terrorising
banking customers in the area for
It is believed the men work in a larg-
er group, which targets customers who
visit the nearby banks and withdraw
large sums of money. Vehicles are bro-
ken into and the men steal whatever
valuables are left inside.
The men, all from central Trinidad,
remained in police custody up to late
yesterday. Sgt Ramroop and his team
are continuing investigations.
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