“We won’t take no for an answer” – National Taxi Union

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“We won’t take no for an answer” – National Taxi Union
National Taxi Union President Lucien Joseph
National Taxi Union President Lucien Joseph

President of the National Taxi Union (NTU) Lucien Joseph said the union has submitted proposals to government seeking increases for taxi fares on island.

Joseph told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today September 9, that a committee has been formed by government to deal with the increases.

“We are not taking no for an answer and we remain firm on our position. I am confident in the way in which things are moving and I am sure that we will see an increase in taxi fare prices,” he told SNO.

Joseph said the NTU is currently putting mechanisms in place so that negotiations can take place and soon move to have new rates released to the public.

“So far the meetings have been fruitful and I can see this moving in a positive direction. We are meeting often with representatives of SLASPA and the Ministry of Tourism in that regard,” he added.

Commenting on the move to increase taxi fares, President of the Southern Taxi Association (STA) Francisco Jn Pierre, in a recent interview, told SNO that the increase is long overdue and the STA is also hopeful that the taxi service providers can see some increase coming from government.

However Jn Pierre explained that he has no confidence in the NTU, stating that it has done very little for its members over the years.

“In my opinion the NTU is a group of men keeping themselves in power using whatever mechanisms given to them and at the end of the day, I believe they are personally operating under a name for themselves and not for other drivers” Jn Pierre told SNO.

The STA President said that instead of representing it members, the NTU continues to side track its very own members for their own benefits.

Taxi operators have not seen an increase since 1998. The NTU and government have been engaging in talks of a possible increase since August of this year.

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  1. Does this photo represent the image of a person who is responsible for welcoming visitors to our shores? What I can see from this photo which is consistently used to represent this figure is one of a character in one of our local cabarways who is super heated by the consumption of the "sprit of St. Lucia."

    Another question is why is this gentleman's request taken seriously so soon by the authorities? could it be that he has close friends in high places? Or have people in high places conferred on him the title of "presidency for life" hence will seem to accede to his request in an attempt to passively please his members thereby securing his re-election? There is also the question as to whether the authorities are deliberately causing a price hike in goods and services while actively encouraging the cut in salaries. A measure which would place the purchasing of goods and services further from the mouths of the citizens?

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  2. Why do people always try to deny what goes on in St. Lucia? I guess they live in the era of Nazis and Commies, the secrecy and denial syndrome. This is why nothing gets fixed. There is a concerted effort to prevent the outside world from being informed as to what goes on in St. Lucia. But we are really doing is fooling our own selves. In countries with iron curtains and dangerous war zones, how is information form these areas relayed to us in our living rooms? So imagine an island with none of these and which is even the half size of the city of Baghdad? Look at all the information about what was going on in St. Lucia on Wikileaks. Did any St. Lucian know that these things were going on? But guess who knew? The outside world to be precise the mighty bully. This information all leaked to the US was done by our own very POLITICIANS (we all know who were the main culprits). Do we sometimes play that we are fools just to protect politicians? Or are we just plain fools?

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  3. Raffish you were overcharged unfortunately. When I travel to another country I ensure that I am well informed of the cost taxi services, bus system etc. You can be swindled in any country, so be careful, be well informed dear.

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  4. I say no increase! fares too high already. Too many taxis on the road, they need to find some innovative ways to make money. Like there are some areas where the buses only drop you half way. Taxis could provide a service to locals

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  5. Raffish. Even from the south all the way to the northern most tip if the island the members of southern taxi on hewanorra airport do not charge nearly so much. Even to cap estate is roughly 90-95 usd. Sounds like you got a pirate and not an authorized taxi because they would never pose such a ridiculous price. Whoever it was you dealt with, swindled you. Rather, you allowed yourself to get swindled. Next time, use an authorized taxi.

    Whoopsie.

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  6. Government should import some big 40 seater buses to take over the bus services provided to citizens.
    The fares would be paid via card system so no money will exchange hands, thus decreasing robbery.
    These bus/taxi drivers are to greedy! They are in considerate to the countrys economic situation.

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  7. Any right thinking person will believe a passenger was charged $120.00 from vf airport to Blackbay.Why he did not report the taxi driver to the authority? I am a commuter and I know that is totally untrue.I will defend our taxi driver.SMH

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  8. That will be the response isn't it that I'm telling porkies and I havent't been dodged. Mate I have nothing to lie about here believe what you want but this occurred in Saint Lucia on my visit there last July . And I know the bugger who charged me this much because I saw him at the airport this time around when I visited your country in April.

    He is done getting money from me like the rest who hike up prices at bars when I come in to purchase beer etc because I have an accent. I'm not stupid!!

    Don't patronise me by telling me my experiences aren't valid.

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  9. Raffish a cab to black bay can never be 120usd thats is not true....bi know because I work on the airport itbis 25usd for the most.

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  10. You can't have an increase if you don't improve the quality of the service. This is yet another thing which the government should cut off. Government should issue licences and allow the taxis to find their own level of pricing.

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  11. I took a taxi from UVF to my parents house in blackbay which was no more than 12 minutes $120 USA dollars, and had to listen to the cab driver tell me how he hates British people. Happy to take my money though but he doesn't like British people, apparently we are always in his country.

    You want an increase on that? Are you crazy ? It's bloody expensive and not a sustainable profession at these exorbitant prices, These huge fares also serve no good purpose for the people of Saint Lucia as it excludes the people on the island from using the service which is stupid. You can't have a taxi service aimed at tourist only, it should accommodate the general public and the prices should reflect that. I now just pre- book a hire car for $270 US dollars a week., it's more cost effective and I get less bile and hatred from money hungry human beings who are of the false notion that me coming to Saint Lucia is because I'm there to show off that I have money. They never think that I work hard 8 hours a day leaving for my office at the crack of dawn getting back home at 6 pm, whether it's raining, snowing, hailing, sunshine I'm out there. And I save towards my holidays and plan them in advance to be able to accommodate the short break to spend some quality time with my parents. I'd love to not have to visit this mans country but my mother married a Saint Lucian and retired there so I'm obliged to visit the old lady lol.

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    • If what that visitor said about paying US$120 from Hewanorra to Blackbay is true, then some form of redress is in order. No way could that fare be in keeping with approved rates. That taxi operator must be made to answer. Shame!

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      • it may be true cause this guy got ripped off no taxi driver charges that you say some of the tourist and others take guys who are not taxi drivers and dont have a tx plate but when they charge them they complain those are the guys who always say hey my friend i got the best price lol lol lol they robed you brother that wasnt no taxi driver

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  12. i want the ntu to fight back for concessions the ministers getting to roll big land rover, latest toyota prado, bmw, and audi and they not paying jack for it and brand new too

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  13. Taxi is already so expensive here as compared to the other islands could you imagine that from by the Market to beachcomber is like 45 to 50 bucks

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    • and what is wrong with that so how much you want it to be $2.50 or five dollars and even if it was five dollars most people would still take the public bus casue it will still be cheaper and how many people you know that take taxi from castries market to beachcomber not many so in other words the taxi man wouldnt make money there is a difference between taxi ad minibus and further more everthing in saint lucia on the whole is expensive and an arm and a leg even if theses same services are given abroad for less

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