San Fernando to Port-of-Spain taxi drivers are set to meet to discuss a proposed hike in the fare from the southern city to the capital city.
The taxi drivers’ association said it will be meeting on Saturday to discuss an increase from fifteen dollars to eighteen dollars, due to an increase in gas and diesel prices announced by Finance Minister Colm Imbert during the budget presentation on October 5th.
The price of Super gasoline went up to $3.11 per litre from $2.70 while Diesel rose from $1.50 to $1.72 per litre.
Media reports indicate a divided taxi association with some believing the fare should increase while others believe any decision to increase should be absorbed for the time being. Hadyn Whiskey, president of the taxi association said the cost of maintenance of vehicles has increased to over fifty percent since 2008, the last time there was an increase. Whiskey said he wanted to assure the public that no decision has yet been made to increase fares and it still stands at fifteen dollars.
Maxi taxi drivers along the Southern route are said to also be considering an increase in their fares.