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Pirate pain

Authorized taxi driver at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Ryan Marshall, is frustrated by the pirate taxis. Taxi driver Christopher Govia is calling for the matter of “snatching” at the airport to be resolved. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay.)

Sat, January 26, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Authorized taxi drivers at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) are calling on Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy to look into the competition they get from illegal drivers.

They complain that GAIA’s management has looked into the matter, but failed to address it.

The corporate communications specialist for GAIA, Keith Goddard, said GAIA had been dealing with the problem for some time with the assistance of the police and authorized agencies responsible for taxi operations in Barbados.

The drivers told the SATURDAY SUN this week that the issue of “snatchers carrying away most of the taxi work at the airport” dated back years and needed to be dealt with urgently. (AH)

Please read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN, or in the eNATION edition.

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Posted by Cheese On 1 year, 9 months ago
It would have been great if you define what 'Snatching' is. Is it when unregistered drivers turn up and get customers?

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
This problem mention here not only goes back years but takes place at every airport around the world.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
No enforcement?? geez that's a surprise!

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Posted by Rod Chalmes 1 year, 9 months ago
It would be easy to mark vehicles with a number or airport designation, which tourists could be alerted to at the baggage carousel. Tourists also dont want to be carried in illegal taxis anyway, due to lack of proper insurance and maintenance which could result in both a physical and financial liability. A mere 10% of recaptured revenue could easily fund a program for tourist education and the airport authority can gain revenue by issuing citations to program offenders.

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Posted by Joe JAY 1 year, 9 months ago
@ Rod Chalmes - As far as I know an illegal taxi/pirate is someone operating a private registered vehicle for hire or reward, in which case would not have the insurance protection for its passengers. A legally registered Z/ZM vehicle would have its coverage of insurance for the authorized amount of passengers authorized to be carried in that vehicle. There are also signs around the airport along with an auto announcement to use taxis with the authorized airport taxi stickers on them.

However the issue for some not identifying the authorized taxi is that some of these so called authorized drivers conduct themselves in the same manner or even worse than that of the so called "snatchers" even overcharging when no dispatcher is around.

Some of these authorized taxi drivers would even accused taxis who were sent by a hotel to collect their guest as a pirate because they are not getting the work but doesn't realize that due to their unprofessionalism hotels have sent someone they can be trusted with their guest as most hotels provide customer training to their taxi drivers.

No wonder so many visitors go over and catch the public transport as its their option of what transport they prefer.

What GAIA inc should implement are procedures like that at the Bridgetown port, one start would be uniforming these drivers and conducting a series of training annually.

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