Taxi Drivers threaten protest

Taxi Drivers who are members of the Independent Market Taxi Association have threatened to take protest action over a decision to close the lower end of the John Compton Highway every Saturday until further notice.

The closure of the lower end of the John Compton Highway adjacent to the Vendors’ Arcade was announced last week by the Office of the Mayor.

“The closure of the small section of the road between the Jeremie and Jn. Baptiste Streets Roundabout is to facilitate the popular Jeremie Street Flea Market which has seen an increase in occasional vendors and shoppers,” a statement from the Mayor’s Office said.

But Thomas Placide, the President of the Independent Market Taxi Association told the Times that members of the organization are not happy with the closure.

“Two Saturdays ago City Council was occupying the other side of the road but last Saturday when we came to work we realized that there were barriers from the end by Jeremie Street to the other end where no vehicles can actually park,” Placide said.

He explained that his association was not notified in any way.


Placide accused the Mayor of violating the rights of taxi drivers by acting without consultation.

“When we came to work every body had to go back home simply because somebody feels they are empowered to do people injustice in this country,” he declared.

Placide told the Times that thirty drivers who normally park in their reserved area adjacent to the Vendors’ Arcade were affected.

“The next move – what we are going to do is to block the streets and if City Council cannot follow the right procedure we may have to take the matter to our lawyers to find out what can happen,” he stated.

According to the Taxi Association President, members will leave their vehicles in the designated parking area from Friday night.

“Saturday when they come I wonder what they are going to do because what they are doing to us is injustice,” he asserted.

Placide said he had no intention of consulting the Mayor’s Office  in regard to the problem since his association had not been consulted in the first place.

Placide said that his association is a registered organization.

He also observed that the road had been specifically marked by the authorities to indicate the parking area for the taxi drivers.




  1. Anonymous
    December 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Ok then

  2. Anonymous
    December 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I agree with the Taxi Drivers. I spend about forty minutes daily between La Place Carenage and Lucelec. Why shouldn’t I have a smooth drive on Saturdays. Plus the san souci bridge was close on Sunday and the are still holes on the bridge.

    When will drivers get a break?

  3. T
    December 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    i agree with them… what they expanding that stupid thing for.. hand me downs the ppl just there selling and no one not buying… give me break .. only vendors want to make money. priority must be given to the taxi drivers who were there first man… stop playing politics with ppl bread man… cheese man.

  4. Nick
    December 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Why aren’t they leading a delegation to discuss the matter with the City Council instead of threatening mass protest action which seems to aim at the massive disruption of the activities of patrons within and outside of Castries?

    1. Anonymous
      December 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Why was this imposed on private drivers?

  5. Concern citizen
    December 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    The previous government and mayor check out the situation and they saw it fitting that it would not make any sense to change the location of the flee market, but that (Words deleted) mayor thinks he can cone and do whatever he want and no one cannot stand up to him , choops .he tried chaging to the other side last week close to the Castries market and the police and motorist complain cause it was causing a huge back log of traffic. These so called power at be allways there to shame the government. They should fired him the mayor Peterson francis

  6. vanilla sky
    December 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    You right. Blocking that portion of the road has been a disaster.

  7. Anonymous
    December 5, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Mwe faché

  8. Anonymous
    December 6, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Placide accused the Mayor of violating the rights of taxi drivers by acting without consultation.

    (Expression deleted), if you don’t know what rights are then you should (Expression deleted) cuz you sound stupid. And instead of fighting the matter properly you decided to make it worse and compound it by imposing your will on private drivers and the like. Do you not realise how much of a hypocrite this makes you??