The National Taxi Union (NTU) has accused the government of sidelining the organisation, while showing favour to minibus operators.
The government recently paid $1.1 million in fuel rebate cash to the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT).
Bu the NCOPT said it has to discuss conditions for accepting the money.
However, National Taxi Union President, Lucien Joseph, asserted that while the bus drivers get government money, they pay less than everyone else for licenses.
“Everything is being done in favour of the minibus drivers,” Joseph lamented.
He said taxi drivers are prepared to accept concessions from the government.
According to Joseph, they are losing seats in the industry with the arrival of mega ships.
“I have seen the danger, because in a few days from now the ground handlers will tell us we cannot give them what they want, so they will have to invest and buy their own vehicles,” the NTU President told St Lucia Times.
According to Joseph, to compete with the outside world taxi drivers need good vehicles.
“The only sector that cannot get concessions is the taxi sector,” he explained.
“I have tried everything I can but it is to no avail,” the NTU President said.
He observed that part of the problem lies with taxi drivers themselves, a lot of whom do not think like business people.
“They are just hand to mouth,” Joseph complained.
“The government, recognising that, is taking advantage of that and putting division within the system,” he told St Lucia Times.
Joseph warned that the taxi sector is under serious threat and in danger of being taken over by the ‘top dogs.’
“We cannot compete because we do not have the tools to compete,” he asserted.