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Taxi operators stage surprise protest



Protester-TaxiBasseterre, St. Kitts, 16th May, 2017 ( - Taxi drivers launched a surprise demonstration in downtown Basseterre, in protest they said, of procedures introduced by the Tourism Authority earlier this year.


There was no early alert of the protest, and it came as a surprise to many persons downtown.


Nevertheless taxi operators said they were protesting against a system they described as unfair.


Several taxi operators indicated that Safaris were earning significantly more that taxi operations because of the dispatching system.


Taxi operators complained that Safaris were guaranteed higher fees, but they were not stopping at key locations, such as the Brimstone Hill Fortress and at Black Rocks. 


It was said that the system leads also to losses experienced by the island’s national park and vendors at Black Rocks.


Protesters said that the tourism authorities were dragging their feet in dealing with their concerns. After several meetings and promises, they said, nothing had changed.


The taxi operators want tourism authorities to fix the problem before the start of the next season.


Taxi operators drove their vehicles around Basseterre, taking a pass in front of Government Headquarters, blowing horns and showing placards.

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