Taxi operators based at the Spiceland Mall in the south of the island, complain that private vehicle drivers are overwhelming them and usurping their jobs.
One of the concerned taxi men who ply their trade at the Spiceland Mall, visited the office of the Grenada Informer to explain that he and his colleagues face sabotage on a day-to-day basis.
He said he has been operating his service from that Grand Anse facility for over 10 years and while the issue of private vehicles barging in on their business has been around for some time, it is now getting out of hand. He said it has taken a lot from them as assigned taxi men.
The veteran taxi man explained, that he and his colleagues provide taxi service for St. George’s University students who shop at the mall, but increasingly other vehicle owners who do not operate a registered taxi would grab the students’ bags and run into their own vehicle with them and the student would hardly have any choice but to follow them.
He said as taxi men they employ a respectable approach to the student, which was handed down to them by the management of the Spiceland Mall. To him the approach being employed by the intruding vehicle owner’s does not follow the established protocol and they do not approach the students in right way.
The professional taxi operator further stated, that whenever the registered taxi operator observe the behavior of the private vehicle owners, they report it to the police but the police never come to deal with it at the scene. He added that even reports to the Spiceland Mall management yielded no positive results and they do not seem to take the issue seriously.
The concerned taxi man said the group he belongs to is responsible for transporting the SGU students to their destination when they have finished their shopping at the mall but other persons are hindering them from doing so. He is therefore pleading that the authorities responsible for regulating taxi operation, to ensure proper structures for the taxi man at the mall, because their business is suffering badly since other persons are doing what they are assigned to do and reaping the benefits.
According to the frustrated man, they have been faced with the problem for over a year now and the number of errant operators has been gradually rising. He believes this could cause some sort of conflict in the near future because the students complain to them about these men’s behavior.