Commuters who use the red band and yellow band maxi taxis are being warned to brace for an increase in fares.
According to reports, the Route 2 Maxi Taxi Association intends to raise fares in September.
Route 2 president Linus Phillip, in an interview with Newsday said: “We’re businessmen like everyone else, and recently the business association came out and said to expect increases in things, especially freight. Now we have to buy brakes, parts and oil from these same men, and our operating costs and expenditure have gone up tremendously because of that and our carrying capacity and our income have decreased. We’ve been trying to hold on for about 19 months, and most of the owners and operators have gone through their savings trying to hold on.
Phillip added, “We’re basically at a breaking point for most of us now, so it’s either we do some sort of adjustment with the fare or we go bust.
While the Route 2 operators prepare for this hike increase, the Route 1 Maxi Taxi Association is in discussion with its members.
The association said the increased amount has not yet been decided on.