Taxi driv­ers to strike over Ma­rina spat


Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

’Tis the silly sea­son, once again, with lit­tle or no news be­ing re­ported in Au­gust as every­one goes on hol­i­day, putting ev­ery­thing be­hind them and care­less of the real prob­lems that lie ahead.

But the taxi driv­ers have once again stolen the lime­light from the likes of dis­cus­sions and ac­cu­sa­tions fly­ing all over the place about the Cyprob, the fore­clo­sures bill, pro­tec­tion of pri­mary homes, Troika re­forms, etc.

This time, the ex­pen­sive ser­vice providers have the au­dac­ity (but who dares to put them in their place!) to de­mand they have their own taxi ranks within the pri­vate­ly­op­er­ated Li­mas­sol Ma­rina, or else they will strike and block the re­sort’s en­trance on Fri­day.

These are the same peo­ple who grad­u­ally inched their way into the de­signs of the Her­me­sop­er­ated air­ports at Lar­naca and Paphos and have now taken up the en­tire drop-off and pick-up ar­eas, while they con­tinue to charge 80 eu­ros for a “race” to Ayia Napa.

As if this rip-off ser­vice was not enough, in the ab­sence of re­li­able pub­lic trans­port (Lar­naca has three ri­val bus com­pa­nies for a pop­u­la­tion of 50,000!), taxi-driv­ers con­tinue to be treated like feu­dal lords and no-one, not even the pop­u­lar may­ors seem to have the strength to tell them to take a hike.

These shabby-look­ing, one-armed loud driv­ers who rarely need a loud­speaker to con­verse with their col­leagues just a step away, are al­ready giv­ing Cyprus a bad rep­u­ta­tion as the land of the “crappy cab­bies” with a taxi fare for less than a few kilo­me­ters cost­ing as much as a din­ner for two at any of the finest restau­rants in Cyprus.

Let’s hope that the Li­mas­sol Ma­rina op­er­a­tors will have the courage to put an end to this bul­ly­ing, by en­cour­ag­ing their ten­ants to use al­ter­na­tive modes of trans­port.

A tuk-tuk per­haps?

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