Sunday, February 18, 2018

Why no action against illegal ‘PH’ taxis?

Errol Benjamin, in his Express letter of June 7, listed some law breakers such as those who speed through the red lights, those who fabricate academic qualifications and squatters. How could he have left out those PH drivers, who 365 days a year, break the law throughout the length and breadth of the country, right under the noses of the police?

I asked the acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, since February 14 some pertinent questions on the illegal situation of private cars being used as taxis.

After three months elapsed without even an acknowledgement of my letter, I wrote him again on May 6 attaching a copy of my initial letter, pointing out that a nation cannot build its future on the foundation of lawless people inspired by no other ideals than their appetite for selfish personal satisfaction, but once again to date I have not had an acknowledgement.

I can’t help but come to the conclusion that my letter may have been too much of an embarrassment to him and the Police Service or perhaps he needs a further three months to come up with a reasonable explanation or rather an excuse as to why these long-standing illegal acts are allowed to continue unabated.

Should the citizens of this country take the PM and the Minister of National Security seriously when they parrot catch phrases like “partnering with us to fight crime” or the Ag. Commissioner of Police who emphasises that “‘when something is illegal, it’s illegal”?

R McDonald