The traveling public was recently informed by the Ministry of Works that Maxi Taxi operators on the Priority Bus Route who habitually engage in the practice of the ‘short drop’ are in breach of the law.
This occurred as several Maxi Taxis pick up passengers in Arima but stop short in Curepe.
This means that passengers would be forced to pay twice to get to Port of Spain.
Despite the warning to the Maxi Taxi drivers commuters are still finding it difficult to get a Maxi Taxi in Arima that would take them straight into Port of Spain.
The Ministry of Works has made it clear that there is no drop off point that is described as ‘short’.
Commuters who refused to pay one fare from Arima to Curepe and then from Curepe to Port of Spain were left stranded yesterday waiting for one that would take them straight into Port of Spain.
The usual fare from Arima to POS is $6, however commuters have complained that they spend $6 to Curepe and a further $4 to POS.
The Works Ministry has advised the public to report any Maxi Taxi operators guilty of plying the ‘short drop’ route so that they can take appropriate action.