Cabbies protest bad road conditions

August 08, 2016
Natalie Neita Headley
Peter Abraham

Scores of commuters were left stranded Monday morning after taxi operators blocked two sections of the Bog Walk main road in St Catherine.

The operators, who ply the Linstead to Bog Walk route,  protested against the deplorable road conditions in the area.

"For years, we have been having these bad roads here. It is now turning into a pond. We have to be buying front end parts every week and the authority won't fixing it," Michael Garnet said.

Richard Tulloch, another taxi operator, said "this needs attention now as the problem is doing great harm to vehicles and businesses around the area".

Peter Abraham, councillor of the Bog Walk division in the St Catherine parish council, empathised with the motorists.

"I am here to support the action of these motorists. I have made constant representation to get the work done but the Member of Parliament is yet to get anything done," Abraham said.

Abraham is a member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which now holds state power.

The Member of Parliament is Natalie Neita Headley, a member of the opposition People's National Party (PNP). 

Neita Headley, who has been MP since 2007, decried the actions taken by the protesting cabbies.

"While I understand how frustrated you are, there must be dialogue before protest. I have made representation and can tell you that work should start by Friday," Neita Headley said. 


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