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Gratitude to robot taxi drivers

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2024 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the route taxi drivers who went on an all-island strike on Monday, June 10. Your collective absence on our nation’s streets was a dream come true.

On that day, throughout the city of Kingston, for the first time in a long while, I did not have to contend with robot taxi drivers coming to a sudden halt in front of my vehicle to pick up or let off passengers; with seeing robot taxi drivers recklessly and inconsiderately zooming, at breakneck speed, up or down the wrong side of the road, as I waited patiently in various lines of traffic, throughout the city; with seeing, as I do on a daily basis, robot taxi drivers brazenly and unabashedly breaking red lights; with contending with robot taxi drivers, suddenly and without prior hand signal or indicator jut menacingly in front of my vehicle.

Yes indeed, it was a great and rare pleasure to drive on Kingston’s streets during that islandwide strike. Thanks for giving me and fellow law-abiding motorists who drove on the roads that day, a much-needed and well-deserved respite. Speaking for myself, I am truly grateful!

PATRICK GALLIMORE

pagalley@protonmail.com