Taxi union president concerned for safety of taxi drivers at LPIA

Taxi union president concerned for safety of taxi drivers at LPIA
Bahamas Taxicab Union (BTU) president Wesley Ferguson (file photo)

NAD working with stakeholders to resolve concerns

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Taxicab Union (BTU) president Wesley Ferguson has expressed concern over the safety of taxicab drivers at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), calling it a ‘volatile situation’.
Wesley Ferguson, BTU president told Eyewitness News Online: “I am concerned about security at the airport when it comes to taxi drivers.
“For many years SUVs, town cars and livery car drivers have been allowed to congregate across from the taxi drivers. It normally ends up in a brawl.
“There are fist fights just about every other day. Taxi drivers are being beaten up. We have met with NAD on numerous occasions about this. There is no police at the airport.”
He continued: “We are very concerned. There are a lot of fist fights and arguments in front of the tourists at our major gateway. It’s a very volatile situation, a feeding frenzy.
“There needs to be greater police presence there. This has been going on for too long.  I’m sounding the alarm on this issue. Something needs to be done.”
Jan Knowles, NAD’s vice-president of marketing and communications, said operators are aware of the concerns expressed by the head of the Taxi Union, and is working with all stakeholders to resolve concerns.
Knowles said: “Our goal is to ensure that arriving passengers to LPIA have a very positive first impression of Nassau.  We are committed to the significant work required to ensure this happens now, throughout the upcoming holiday season and in the future.”