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Re: Taxi drivers upset [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726000 - 03/10/17 07:04 AM (201.220.15.82)

Not sure what this is about and I forgot to ask Junior last night.

One continuing problem is the "gypsy" taxis. While they probably can not not work the pier/harbor as I doubt they could access it, they are a problem in town and elsewhere.

I have seen more than usual and even here at Royal Palm, there are routinely 2 or so hanging out. "Taxi" sign in the window but resident plates. I questioned one about it and he gave me a number of a taxi and when I asked my friends about that number, totally different description of the guy. I am going to mention this to Royal Palm.

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Re: Taxi drivers upset [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1726007 - 03/10/17 08:15 AM (216.4.56.166)

Reading and re-reading the article, I got the impression it was a UNION issue. The other drivers apparently have licenses from the government, so are not gypsies, but they don't belong to the union.

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Altercation at Alegria [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726022 - 03/10/17 09:27 AM (47.192.9.53)

SXM news story Sorry it sure looks like to me the union is way wrong on this one..

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Re: Altercation at Alegria [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726026 - 03/10/17 09:34 AM (201.220.15.82)

Not sure what the deal is but I heard about some altercation.

I did talk to the new manager here at Royal Palm and hebasically doesn't care about gypsies working here. Said there was not much he could do and it is the "way of the island". I then asked who was responsible if a guest asked for a taxi and the resort called or put them in a gypsy. Not much response at that point.

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Re: Altercation at Alegria [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1726027 - 03/10/17 09:36 AM (47.192.9.53)

JD--I really don't think this is a gypsy situation. The original story said that the taxi drivers in question have a license from the government.

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Re: Altercation at Alegria [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726030 - 03/10/17 09:42 AM (201.220.15.82)

Could very well be.

There is though a huge gypsy taxi problem on the Dutch side and I would personally not get in one.

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Re: Altercation at Alegria [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1726031 - 03/10/17 09:44 AM (47.192.9.53)

It is good to be mindful of that, yes. But this appears to be a different situation.

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Re: Taxi drivers upset [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726150 - 03/10/17 08:57 PM (70.158.101.144)

I spoke with a long time taxi driver friend about this. His take is there is an agreement between one of the port agents that books tours for cruise ships and also one of the taxi driver unions. The agreement to transport people from the pier to Sunset was for $16pp round trip. Some drivers were supposedly collecting $8pp on the way out but then on the return some were doing it for $5pp. I am not sure if Sunset has anything in this or what the actual facts are but there was supposed to be a set price for trips sold on the ships and also one of the taxi unions. Some drivers became upset as they thought the variance in pricing made them look like they were cheating people and I guess the wristband thing came about.

I am sure there is more to the story but this is my summation of it from a short conversation this morning.

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Re: Taxi drivers upset [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1726152 - 03/10/17 09:26 PM (173.46.77.142)

Huhm, OK, still seems like to me the taxi drivers are wrong, making agreements with the ships to keep prices artificially high..

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Re: Taxi drivers upset [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1726153 - 03/10/17 09:36 PM (70.158.101.144)

One of the port agents that books tours with cruise lines set the price and the taxi drivers just followed. No idea what the entire story is but usually beach runs and popular destinations are pretty much set prices.

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