Taxi Drivers Network president Adrian Acosta is calling on authorities, especially protective services, to step in and help drivers.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Acosta said drivers no longer felt safe doing their job and were at their wit’s end following a spike in crime, including theft and death threats.
He said a recent crime wave in eastern Trinidad in particular has many drivers worried:
“We have recently seen an upsurge in thefts and murders of taxi drivers. We had two taxi drivers from the East who were murdered last weekend and we also had two who were robbed at gunpoint. We call on those in authority, like the police commissioner, to deal with these situations with immediate effect,” Acosta said.
Acosta said that as a result, many drivers feel targeted and are considering their personal options, including buying legal firearms:
“A lot of our drivers are very scared for their lives at the moment so we are thinking about protecting ourselves. At the moment we are being targeted. We also think we should have our own personal firearms as well.
He also calls on other taxi networks to join together in fighting these evils, as he said unity is needed at this time.
Meanwhile, on the issue of rising fuel prices, Acosta said taxi drivers continue to feel the pinch like any other citizen as the cost of living continues to soar. However, he calls on the government and parliamentarians to lead by example:
“Members of Parliament should take a 25% pay cut and give up all their benefits because it’s not just the citizens of T&T who should suffer,” Acosta said.