Taxi association alliance writes letter to Transport Ministry over 80% fare increase

The Transport and Mining Ministry of Jamaica island has received a formal letter which states that the Route Taxi Association Alliance has increased fare by 80 per cent.

Jamaica: The Transport and Mining Ministry of Jamaica island has received a formal letter which states that the Route Taxi Association Alliance has increased fare by 80 per cent.

This taxi Alliance involves the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica – RTAJ, the National Council of Taxi Associations – NCOTA and the Confederation of Independent Rural Taxi Association CIRTA.

The Transport Ministry, in a statement, has asserted that the Route Taxi Association Alliance proposed a plan to the portfolio minister – Robert Montague, before meeting with the Ministry and the Transport Authority.

The Transport Ministry of Jamaica further provided the information that Minister Montague has accepted the application and gave his commitment to maintaining conversation with the Ministry of Finance while keeping communication channels with the Route Taxi Association alliance.

On this, Minister Montague cited that “A fare adjustment is necessary and is on the horizon, but I would have to continue conversations with the minister of finance and get back to you.”

The Minister also underlined that other adjustments are essential to guarantee the viability of a fare readjustment.

“Members of the alliance has expressed hope that change is possible with further cooperation with the ministry, the Transport Authority and the associations,” the Ministry added.

As per the Ministry, the Route Taxi Association alliance have also committed to participate in any initiative that would assist in improving the industry.

Recently, the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services – TODSS, has designed a 10 point plan to develop operation in the transport sector. TODSS represents taxi and mini-bus operators.

The organization on the plan asserted, “We are aware of the need to better service by bringing discipline to it, and we are fully committed as an organization to work towards that in the shortest possible time. We also understand the pressure the members have been going through, having not accepted a fare increase in eight years for taxis and 16 years officially for buses.”