Tourists reducing taxi rates

Tourists reducing taxi rates

Tourists who determined to obtain bargains are driving down prices for transporting  them around Saint Lucia when they come here on holiday, the President of Holiday Taxi Cooperative Society, Lucien Joseph, has lamented.

He disclosed that as a result, taxi drivers are making less money on visitors.

Nevertheless, the Holiday Taxi Cooperative President told the Times that the money can be made in terms of the volume of tourists transported.

By way of example, he noted that with eight or nine persons comfortably seated on a bus which has a capacity of fourteen passengers and each of the eight or nine passengers paying thirty-five dollars for a trip to Soufriere, it represents a good price for the taxi operator.

“In the same way you can get forty dollars for transporting one person to Soufriere, they can bring you down to thirty-five or twenty-five or even fifteen, especially the Puerto Ricans,” Joseph told the Times.

According to the Holiday Taxi Cooperative President, Puerto Ricans will not pay anything more than twenty or twenty-five dollars per person.

“That is why they move in groups and say to you ‘ I have forty-five persons and if you can give me a deal for twenty dollars we are going to Soufriere!'” Joseph said.

He explained that with the current economic problems facing the world, taxi drivers would jump at that proposal, reasoning that they can fill their vehicles and make some cash.

“With what is happening in the world today there is no way you can refuse to put some money in your pocket,” Joseph observed.

He noted that authorized taxi drivers also have to contend with ‘pirates’

The Holiday Taxi Cooperative President said despite the haggling over prices, there are cruise ship passengers who are willing to pay up to four hundred dollars to hire a taxi for the day just for just two people alone.

But he stressed that this does not happen often.

Joseph did not believe that  the price of tours can be regulated.

He recalled meeting cruise ship executives in Miami last year and being told not to give cheaper taxi rates  to visitors to the Islands because taxi operators would be at a loss.

Joseph said he agreed with the assertion.

Nevertheless he told the Times that competition was so fierce that taxi operators have no choice.

13 Comments

  1. Febert
    January 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

    That’s ridiculous!!!!

  2. Corb
    January 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm Reply

    It’s about time we in St.Lucia adopt taxi meters
    Some rouge taxi operators at times charge extremely high fare rates.

  3. Anonymous
    January 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

    The tourist are damn right!!!. Cause y’all taxi drivers look desperate. Once y’all see a person of color it is tourist. Also y’all harassing them to take trips and taxi service. So what do y’all expect to happen. When you do this tou give them the upper hand.
    So now tourist putting their own price…really. And y’all don’t know about Puerto Ricans?. They are a cheap cheap set of breeds. I know them very well.

  4. Anonymous
    January 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    If Taxi drivers are properly organized and stick to their standard rates the visitors won’t have a choice to pay the going rate. Soon this trend of price negotiating by visitors will be a thing of the past. #positivemindset

    1. Anon1
      January 5, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply

      Exactly!

      There is a choice introduce Taxi meters, it ent rocket science!

  5. Anonymous
    January 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Lucien has a lot of words now…..As Lawn poster boy he was silent on every issue..He was kissing Uony s toes ……….

  6. nana
    January 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Wow $40 to Soufriere? And taxi drivers in the north charge $40 from Rodney Bay to Monchy(depending on which one you ask)? Hmmmm Guess they really just tell you whatever number pops up in their head hence the ridiculous made up prices. I understand the tourists completely.

    1. Anonymous
      January 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm Reply

      My guess is us$

  7. smh
    January 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Lucien u piece of s…t now u know the economic problem.in the world. Run you mouth. Now that u can get tax payers money for nothing

  8. Calvin
    January 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Unfortunately, many taxi drivers profile passengers from the time they pull up and in many cases the prices are either inflated and pulled out of thin air to exploit the tourist’s trust, or a convenient slip is made and the $EC price is all of a sudden now the price instead in $US.

    Give your heads a shake and understand the power of social media, web travel sites such as vacaybuddy.com etc. etc. The tourists are not stupid and have had enough with being mama-guyed and the bayteeze.

    The taxi drivers are finally getting what they deserve. Just wait until uber.com or lyft.com gets traction here. Word is that the larger hotels will be helping give that a push for government licensing. Where many of the tourists come from, it’s a legal, secure, affordable and dependably consistent means for anyone with a smartphone. Ride-service operators with these companies also get a sense of certainty and secuity since passengers and drivers can rate each other, and no cash exchanges hands, voiding potential for robbery. This has been very, very attractive to taxi drivers in other jurisdictions that have now switched to driving for these ride services. The current ethically-bankrupt SLU taxi drivers will continue, even more so, to reap what they have sewed from their self-important sense of greed and entitlement. What goes around cones around. Looking for a nice deal on a new shiny Pajero or other large sports utility vehicle with “TX” plates? Keep your eyes open, there will be a lot of used credit-default bargains coming up over the next 12 months.

    And it’s about time, particularly with the expansion presently going on in our island. Too many people forget one of the golden rules — you have only one chance to make a good impression.

    1. LB
      January 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply

      You are so right!!

  9. Amatus Augustin
    January 5, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply

    Negotiation is king. Taxi fares should not be regulated. The customers call the shots, so is regulated they will find another destination

  10. Anonymous
    January 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Boy! Oh boy! Everything in SLU is in disarray. Everything!

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