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'We are frustrated'

Now Guy’s Hill cabbies protest over bad roads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014    

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TAKING a cue from their colleagues in other parts of rural Jamaica, several taxi operators who ply routes in Guy's Hill, St Catherine, yesterday protested over the bad condition of the roads in the area, using tree branches and other debris to block main thoroughfares.

Anger boiled as the taxi operators made claim after claim, including that they had been calling on the authorities for more than four years to address the problem.

The irate transport operators said what made them even more angry was how a Guy's Hill High School student died last week after he was unable to access medical help because of the bad roads.

"We are frustrated and we are not pleased with how the authorities are treating us," said Irvin Small, retired principal of Guy's Hill High School.

"Because of the road problems we have to be spending thousands of dollars on our vehicles," interjected Ronald Reynolds, another operator.

Other protesters complained that they are at the mercy of thieves who lurk in areas where vehicles are forced to slow down to navigate the pothole-ridden roads.

"Ah just the other day dem hold mi up and rob mi because I was forced to cut my speed to avoid the bad road conditions," said Michael McSam, another taxi driver.

Yesterday, Winston Chambers, councillor for the Guy's Hill Division, said for years he has been seeking help to fix the roads, but that his calls were being ignored.

-- Kimmo Matthews

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