Tuesday, 06 September 2022 15:36

Taxi Operators in St. Thomas Threaten Third Day of Protest Over Poor Road Conditions

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Taxi operators in Eastern St. Thomas are threatening to withdraw their service for a third straight day until the authorities address the poor road conditions in the parish. 
Residents in St. Thomas mounted roadblocks for a second day in protest of the road conditions, leaving commuters stranded. 
 
It's understood that the roads have been blocked since 5 o'clock this morning.
 
Kirk Brown, President of the Eastern St. Thomas Taxi Association, said residents and taxi operators are fed up with the lack of attention by the authorities and "won't go back to work" if there is no improvement. 
 
Mr. Brown, who was speaking Tuesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, said some taxi operators may stay away from the job because "they can't afford to maintain the vehicle" and other overhead costs. 
 
Classes suspended 
 
Classes at the Port Morant Primary and Junior High in St. Thomas were suspended on Tuesday as the protest over bad roads continued.
 
Principal Rohan Bryan said teachers, other members of staff and students were unable to get to school due to the road blocks.