Maxi and taxi drivers stage ‘drive-by protest’ in South-West TT over deplorable roads

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Maxi and taxi drivers stage ‘drive-by protest’ in South-West TT over deplorable roads

Maxi and taxi drivers from Icacos to San Fernando took part in a relay-like ‘drive-by protest’ this morning, as they show their frustration against the deplorable and worsening conditions of the nation’s roads.

It all began from as early as 3am, when commuters were left stranded as maxi and taxi drivers joined with residents to block certain strategic points of the main road leading to San Fernando with burning debris.

This action led to major traffic.

President of the Point Fortin Taxi Drivers Association John David, in an interview with media, said they had no choice but to protest to send a message to the Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan about the state of the roads they have to travel daily.

He said: “Taxi drivers are engaged in a non-violent protest this morning. We are driving slowly, within the speed limit. Ordinary citizens have also joined with us in solidarity, because they are also affected by the bad roads.”

The drivers are scheduled to meet at the Vessigny Roundabout to plan their next strategy, David said.

He said: “Every time we talk to the MPs, they saying their hands tied. Well, we want Rohan Sinanan to untie their hands and fix the roads. Everything coming from Point Fortin and La Brea – we have oil, gas, electricity, fish, citrus, Lake Asphalt, Labidco – yet the roads are horrible.”

He appealed to Sinanan to open the completed part of the San Fernando Highway to Point Fortin highway to ease the suffering of the people from the southwestern peninsula.