Kingston, Jamaica (McN) – In a press conference Prime Minister Andrew Holness, gave notice that the government will be implementing a Zero Tolerance plan towards perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual abuse and grooming of minors.
In the wake of the murder of 15-year-old Shineka Gray who reportedly took an illegal taxi heading for home before she went missing, and the more recent Eltham park taxi driver charged with forcing an 18-year-old female to massage his private part until he ejaculated – the Jamaican Government is including the targeting of illegal Taxi’s, as one of the measures to reduce crime.
Targeting will begin islandwide on Monday February, 13.
ILLEGAL TAXI TARGETING
“…as part of the zero-tolerance approach, the police, assisted by the Transport Authority, will be targeting ‘robot’ (illegal) taxis as of Monday next week, and will be removing dark tints from all public passenger vehicles.” Briefed Jamaica’s Prime Minster.
“Wi get fed up with people a say a taxi man a do those things weh a gwaan. The people them have it twisted. Weh mi see them a do is bring some old killings from way back when, add some voice notes to them and circulate it on social media. Everything a happen them say a taxi man involve in it,” vented taxi operator Milton Ellis.
“Wi need the whole globe to know say taxi man no have nothing on wi mind, but just to come out and ensure that the public have proper service, look we money and provide for our family and go back home. We no have no time to rape. If you notice all a who out here, these are ‘beknowing’ face weh the whole globe know. Real people nah rape,” He continued
It no take nothing for taxi man to suffer because wi done a suffer already by the hands of everything [and] now it come in like it [allegations] crash our business. Mi a beg the man them to stop,” Ellis said.
Ellis, called for passengers to be vigilant when taking public transportation. “When you come at the stand, you can even go to a ‘loader man’ and ask him if him know the driver,” he said.
Taxi Stands Would Help Passengers
Taxi driver, Raymond Green, “Super Black” was just as frustrated as Ellis.
Green, who reportedly has been a taxi driver since 2007, declares that if taxi operators were required to display their pictures and license information on their motorcars, to differentiate legal taxi operators, the taxi divers would comply.