Chemin-Grenier: 'Taxis Brown'
31 January 2013 - Défi Media Group
They describe the phenomenon of 'gangrene' that threatens their business. Of taxi drivers operating in the South ask the NTA to act against their brown taxis would lead a hard life. NTA promised to intervene shortly.
"These people are acting illegally and deprive us of our livelihood." The taxi drivers Chemin Grenier, who hold an operating license in good and due form, constantly complaining about the phenomenon 'taxi brown'. Selo them their complaints to the National Transport Authority (NTA), would find little echo.
The Association of Taxi Chemin Grenier includes thirty drivers. These regularly complain to the relevant authorities of this phenomenon, which they would become a true gangrene 'for their profession. Due to the proliferation of 'brown taxis', they say, they would have found a gradual decline in their customer base. A worrying situation considered by these fathers who see their revenues and decrease daily.
Looks fierce battle between these two types of taxi operators. Drivers Chemin Grenier say desperate and want the authorities finally find a long term solution, to enable them to earn their living honestly.
"These taxi drivers brown monopolize our customers. Drivers who work legally find themselves unfairly penalized. First, because this job is our only livelihood, and secondly, because these people are living outside the law who fulfill any tax to operate, "said Sameer, spokesman for the association .
"With a further decrease our customers, we taxi drivers Chemin Grenier-fear that we went straight to the wall. How to avoid a catastrophe? But we do not give up our fight, we will use all the cards in our hands. We rely heavily on the authorities to get us out of this impasse, because this situation is untenable for our members, "added the spokesman of the association of drivers Chemin Grenier.
On this issue taxi brown that does not date from yesterday, the Transport Controller of the National Transport Authority (NTA), Cyril Appajala ensures that operation began last week. This operation aims to track drivers outlaw. "We have already started our operations punches in the region of Quatre-Bornes. After that, we moved next to the Post Office in Port-Louis, as well as in the area of Post de Flacq. All parts of the island are covered by these operations to restore order in this sector. '
Transport Controller tells the Daily Challenge as officers of the NTA work with two officers from the Traffic Branch Unit to enforce the law. Cyril says Appajala sensitive to the concerns of the taxi drivers.
He said he understood that the unfair competition from those drivers who operate illegally carries serious harm to those who comply with the regulations. "We started to sanction and fines are going well. Eight private cars, vans nine and eight private 'contract bus' were taken in violation during the past week. The work continues. These drivers South assured, we will also Chemin Grenier. " The date remains confidential. Taxi drivers to take their troubles patiently.