Route three maxi taxi drivers have vowed to spend a day of “rest and reflection” next week and not transport school children, after a fellow driver on the route was badly beaten by a group of children.
Varendra Singh was beaten on Monday, when he tried to protect one of his young passengers – Rasheed Lal, from being beaten by a gang of students from the Carapichaima East and West Secondary school.
Singh suffered a broken nose and damaged jaw, among other injuries, and doctors have told him not to drive for six months.
Vickash Kissoondath, president of that route’s association, announced on Friday, “At least 85 per cent (of the drivers) are willing to attribute a day to not taking up any schoolchildren whatsoever.”
He made the comment while at a press conference in Port of Spain held by the Concerned Parents Movement.
Kissoondath said drivers on that route have been “avoiding the students on a daily basis” since the incident and he hopes, “will bring a greater understanding of how important the maxi taxi service is in Trinidad and Tobago.”