Grenada (NowGrenada) – The Government of Grenada will examine the possibility of providing additional relief support to the nation’s taxi drivers, a category of persons particularly hard-hit by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At a meeting on Wednesday with the Prime Minister, Dr the Right Honourable, Keith Mitchell and two of his Cabinet colleagues, executive members of the Grenada Taxi Association appealed for Government’s support as they struggle to survive. The appeal was not simply for a handout but for meaningful ways to help protect livelihoods such as a moratorium from lending institutions and concessions for the purchase of buses to provide public transportation.
The majority of taxi drivers have been without income since the pandemic reached our shores in March last year, halting cruise ship operations and significantly slowing stayover arrivals.
Speaking on behalf of members, president of the taxi association Cosmos Williams said, “It is tough; we are looking for help in any form. We are grateful for the stimulus package we received but it has been almost a year that we have been without any real income. A few of us have options like I’m doing some farming, but the majority of members do not have an alternative source of income. I think it is unfair that some people should be seeking increases at a time when so many others do not even have a source of income.”