Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Taxi drivers to strike in April

(Inside Costa Rica) - Without giving many details, the leaders of the Costa Rican Taxi Union said yesterday that there will be a taxi drivers strike sometime near the end of April. The strike is to protest the unfulfilled obligations of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT).

"We are here because we do not have the financial income to maintain our vehicles in good working condition and notwithstanding they are obligating us to change our cars", said Javier Cortes.

Another union leader, Lorenzo Hernandez, added that the MOPT is insisting that by the end of this year all taxis are to be less than 10 years old, meaning many taxi drivers will be obligated to get newer cars. Hernandez that getting a new car is too difficult for most most drivers because with the new higher taxi rates and declined taxi ridership, taxi drivers cannot meet the requirements to buy a new vehicle.

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