Taxi Driver Creating Psycho Road Rage On Our Streets

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

Kindly allow me a small space in your daily to vent my frustrations concerning MOST taxi drivers in particular the taxi driver that mans NP 887.

Over the years I (and I am sure countless others) have had to put up with the horrid, reckless driving of these individuals responsible for taking our tourists back and forth. They cut in the front of other motorists, push themselves out of corners and act as though they alone have rights to the streets. I have been run off the road by these people too many times to mention and even cussed by them when I refuse to acknowledge them trying to get in the front of me.

The latest incident though, left me breathless and in a fury that I have never experienced before. On Sunday past, I decided to go to my office to do some work and stopped at a local eatery on East Bay Street (near the bridge) for some souse. When I was leaving the eatery TAXI DRIVER – NP 887 – pulled up in the back of my car and blocked me in. I told him politely that I was leaving and asked him to let me out. He responded by totally ignoring me. I jumped into my car expecting him to move and he proceeded to let his passengers out of his taxi. Infuriated, but mindful that he was letting out visitors to our shores, I jumped out of my vehicle and again politely asked him to move. He snapped at me saying, “You HAVE TO wait until I am finished”. I could not believe what I was hearing. That man continued to let out his passengers, gave them advice on where to go for the day, fussed and shuffled about change for the money they gave him, gave them some more advice on what to do for the day, watched them enter the restaurant that I had just left and THEN pulled off giving me a dirty look.

Determined to make an example of him, I recorded his license plate number and decided to write a letter in your esteemed publication about his behaviour. Between the bus drivers (besides Goony Goo Bus Service) and the taxi drivers they are creating what can only be termed as Psycho Road Rage on our streets. I am making a plea to law enforcement officers to stay vigilant on the lookout for these culprits. It always seems that law enforcement is never around when these people decide to act up.

With that said, I would advise other motorists to stay alert as these ‘reckless rams’ and ‘rude shocks’ make their way about the streets. As for NP 887, I hope you have learned your lesson and will now access yourself and adjust your attitude.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours etc.

Tanya Smith-Cartwright

  • Bahamian

    Kenson I think you’llbe ok since you are in private school I’m sure you have some legitimate documentation.

  • Kenson St.Remy

    Hi,
    I’m Kenson St.Remy an 11th grader at Faith Temple Christian Academy. I am a child born to a Haitian mother not knowing my father. My mother died when I was at the age of three she went to haiti. Noone has her documents. I am concern about college and travelling. i really want to obtain a passport but I can’t I need some fo my mother’s documents which I don’t have. If I don’t obtain a passport a won’t be able to go off to school and I’ll have to pay double the fees for C.O.B. I wrote this because i believe that something can be done. Contact me at Kenny4life91@hotmail.com

  • Kenson St.Remy

    Hi,
    I’m Kenson St.Remy an 11th grader at Faith Temple Christian Academy. I am a child born to a Haitian maother not knowing my father. My mother died when I was at the age of three she went to haiti. Noone has her documents. I am concern about college and travelling. i really want to obtain a passport but I can’t I need some fo my mother’s documents which I don’t have. If I don’t obtain a passport a won’t be able to go off to school and I’ll have to pay double the fees for C.O.B. I wrote this because i believe that something can be done. Contact me at Kenny4life91@hotmail.com

  • GCF

    Hi Tanya, I could believe what I’m hearing:

    “…That man continued to let out his passengers, gave them advice on where to go for the day, fussed and shuffled about change for the money they gave him, gave them some more advice on what to do for the day, watched them enter the restaurant that I had just left and THEN pulled off giving me a dirty look….”

    Mrs. Smith-Cartwright, that is how we trained our people to respect tourist/ visitors highly above our own people and brothers of the caribbean.

    It is sad, but you were luckey the twisted mind and rude taxi driver did not call his police friend, to have you locked up, for being rude to his tourist.

    Consider yourself lucky…that was what he was saying when he pulled off giving me a dirty look.

    By the way I saw your wedding on ZNS you’re still beautiful.

    Best regards,

    GCF