President of the National Taxi Union (NTU) Lucien Joseph told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview that the union has been seeking to implement fare increases in the sector since 1998.
He explained that in the past, committees were formed among the NTU, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism to look at the issue, but no such increases had been issued since.
“We came to a meeting at the union, resolutions had been made and we had decided to act upon it. We had three or four resolutions, but we are still waiting to see what can be done,” Joseph explained.
Joseph told SNO that a new committee has been formed through the Ministry Tourism and Transport to discuss the issue at stake.
He said a meeting through the new committee is scheduled to also discuss other matters that are affecting the industry.
Joseph explained that other issues that will be up for discussion include the recent standoff between the Southern Taxi Association (STA) and the St. Lucia Air Sea and Port Authority (SLASPA) and a revision of policies implemented by government to govern the taxi sector.