Taxi fares hiked but still no meters

| 01/08/2019 | 213 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Ministry of Transport has introduced a national taxi fare schedule as part of the recently gazetted Traffic Regulations, which will see prices increase from midnight tonight. The fares, which many believe are already prohibitively expensive, have increased only slightly, according to an MoT release. It appears to be a hike of around 10%, though the party size has increased from three to four and the first two pieces of luggage will now be free.

Officials said that after-hour fares will also now be scheduled, removing the previous 25% surcharge. While the change in party-size offers some reductions for visiting families, as an extra person can now travel in a taxi without increasing the price, it is unlikely to do anything to encourage local residents to leave their cars at home when out drinking.

Nevertheless, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, who is transport minister, defended the increase and pointed to the need for operators to make a living.

“The new schedule balances the need for taxi operators to make a reasonable living wage and for the public to have access to the public transport system at a fair rate,” Kirkconnell stated in the release about the hike. “As the cost of living has increased, operators have unfortunately been left behind. The minimal increase in rates is an acknowledgement of the valuable service these operators provide to the general public, especially as tourism ambassadors for our stay-over visitors.”

The creation of this national taxi fare schedule is part of the Public Transport Board’s (PTB) Five-Year Strategic Plan, which aims to enhance the Public Transport Unit with strengthened leadership and direction, as well as adequate resources, develop a sustainable public transport system, promote the use of public transport and make it more accessible, and embrace technology.

Despite the long-held public support for meters instead of fare schedules and criticisms of the current systems and costs, officials said the new national fare system was based on public feedback concerns for regulated taxi fares.

“I am confident PTB’s strategic plan provides a blueprint for a strengthened public transport system, one that reinforces our commitment to providing safe transportation options that are well regulated and creates additional entrepreneurship within the Caymanian community,” Kirkconnell stated.

Cayman News Service

Instead of meters, the unit has introduced a digital taxi fare calculator, which will be launched later this month. CI:GO is a free mobile app which will give users a quote for their journey in advance. It will allow users to drop a pin or enter the pickup and drop-off location of an intended ride, then specify the number of passengers and how many pieces of luggage. Based on the information provided, the app will calculate the fare.

PTB Chair Rosa Harris, who is also the tourism director, said the app would provide greater transparency on taxi fares. “We encourage the public to use the taxi service and feel empowered to quote their journey in advance. Taxi fares are now in the palm of your hand,” she said.

See new Regulations with full pricing schedule and the PTU 5-year plan in the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Many advocate for Uber here. It won’t work on the island of 60k people half of which are expats on work-permits. The other half are employed, children, elderly and unemployed because they are unemployable. There’s nobody else left to become a Uber driver. Besides, do you want maniacs to drive you around? For that you have taxi and mini- busses drivers.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Instead of voting down explain who will be driving you around? The more important question is Who would you trust your life? NiCE workers in dilapidated vehicles? Neither Uber nor Lyft would want anything to do with Cayman.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Uber? Lift? Curb? Cayman’s Cabinet Ministers critically lack the education and sophistication to be running anything. There is no requirement for them to be smart, or to have even completed high school. They refuse to enact SIPL law. What do we honestly expect from society’s lowest common denominator?!? They ignore today’s minimum technological expectations, ignore safety and reporting, ignore affordability and raise fares. It’s now ten bucks for first mile and eighty cents for each fifth of a mile thereafter! Nobody is safer, and probably the opposite.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, and then handing over a huge chunk of the Usd cash you brought.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Using an app to work out the fare before you get in the taxi is a good idea. But shame that the fares are so high already. eg Day time trip Red Bay to the airport is already $25. So all this app will do is tell you how much you are going to get ripped off, before you speak with the driver. Perfect.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Worse is that coming from the airport you have to share…but everyone still gets charges full rate….thieves

      • Anonymous says:

        I never could understand why when I come from the airport with a crammed shared taxi I have to pay FULL FARE. Seen nothing like this anywhere except in Cayman.

        Why do our elected officials allow this crap to continue?

        • Anonymous says:

          Please help me understand why you paid? The rates are for a trip and not per person, last time I checked there is surcharge for more than 3 persons, but that is just a surcharge, not full fare per person. If this happens again, i suggest you call the police and make a complaint to the taxi licensing authority.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Who shares from the airport????? Never have I been required to share my ride from the airport to my place.

        I have had to wait so long for a cab from my home to the airport that they actually caused me to miss the flight!!! Every time I called in a panic asking where the eF the cab was “soon come” was the answer. Come to find out they didn’t know where my address was located. (Parson’s Circle!! Really???)

        And another point, for our next journey we calculated the cost of long term parking compared to the round trip taxi fare and have decided to pay the extra cost to drive ourselves!!

        • Frugaladmin says:

          I’ve been told many times I have to share. After my first experience, in which I was the last to be dropped off and what should have been a 10 min taxi ride took 40 and the driver said I had to pay full fare, I now say No way. Ridiculousness and greed at its best

        • Anonymous says:

          Only took a cab from the airport once and had to share and pay full fare despite trip to south sound taking 40 minutes with all the drop offs. Probably done 100 flights since and never used a cab since. They are greedy crooks.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How many MLA’s use the taxi? More likely never use taxi that why they are out of touch real world.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Bring back rickshaws & donkey carts, rates have got to be cheaper than our land pirate taxis

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Moses if I can rent a friggin car for a whole day for the same price of a one way trip on a taxi, tell me does it really make sense to use Flex at ALL? THINK MAN.

    Your gov can spend tons of money locking up young caymanians for a lil spliff of weed and spend tons of resources fighting DUI but can’t subsidize taxi fares? I would NEVER DUI if it was affordable to take a taxi yet the rates go up.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Nobody can do anything about outrageous taxi service? Nobody wants the dock but it is going to be built anyway? CIG refuses even consider mass transport service? This country is run by mafia than.
    Social unrest is coming. People are fed up.
    Bermuda had its first peaceful protest on December 2, 2016 that turned badly. Parliamentarians still investigate it. RCIPS should not repeat what happened in Bermuda.

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    • Anonymous says:

      It is time for a revolution of the Caymanian people.
      We need a Green Party to take back control.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Hahahaha! Wow. With all of the complaints and negative reviews on TripAdvisor AND elsewhere, the gov’ment thinking to RAISE the fares and still no meters are gonna fix it???? ROTFL
    You really can’t get better than this. Y’all so dang backwards, unaware and affected.
    And I am told that you people still keep wotin’ in the same people??!!!
    As you say, “Dah Wha ya get!!”

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    • Anonymous says:

      Taxi drivers and extended families has wotes….and that is the answer to all your questions.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Only the handful of Caymanian taxi owners and most of them would agree that raising all-cash fares reduces their own appeal. In less than 5 yrs, our tourists and residents will be able to rent or buy self-driving vehicles.

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        • Anonymous says:

          No true. Most taxi drivers are Caymanian. They weren’t born here, but they’re Caymanian and they vote, too.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What they really need is basic driver training for Cayman taxi drivers and some sort of reporting system with enforement. Ive travelled the world Cayman taxi drivers are the worst I’ve seen. Wreckless speeding, bad round-about form, lack of understanding in regulations and simple poor judgement.
    TERRIBLE! Im not surprised to learn someone was killed by a taxi in the airport drice-thru. The CIG needs to get a handle on this issue. I hope the family sues!

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  11. Flex Cayman says:

    Flex is what is needed and it’s coming!

    http://Www.flex.ky
    1) similar to Uber model but using Flex vetted licensed taxi drivers only
    2) quick, convenient digital dispatch from the palm of your hand. No need to call a dispatcher and have your info relayed via radio all over cayman
    3) debit/credit card transactions only (other than cash tips to driver)
    4) get an accurate, transparent rate for your specific journey before you even get into the taxi. No need for rate sheets and no being left in the dark with regards to how much you are going to pay for a ride
    5) 5 star rating system for both drivers and users. Any poor ratings will be looked into by Flex. Culprits (both users or drivers) can be suspended or even expelled from using the Flex app. Ensures that only the best drivers and respectful users will be on our system.
    6) driver and user profiles. You know exactly who your driver/user is, star rating, number of rides they’ve been involved in, full name, vehicle, license number etc. Safety first!
    6) GPS navigation allows for drivers to see exactly where users are vice versa. No more wondering where your driver/user is! Estimated time of arrival programmed so you how far away the driver is and you can prepare for your ride.
    7) Flex is a taximeter….. and more!

    BUT WE NEED MORE DRIVERS. IF YOU HAVE A TAXI LICENSE PLEASE CONTACT info@flex.ky

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yea, no thanks I na using Flex NOR these taxis. Unna tried to make a Cayman Uber and had to compromise for this ripoff model.

      Makes it easier to get a taxi and see the rate yea but same ridiculous rates.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Flex and CIG missed the entire point of why we wanted something like uber. Not for the app functionality but primarily for a competitive market that will allow reasonable rates.

        Charge me $8 from SMB to prospect and I’ll never DUI again. Currently that’s a $50+ ride. Charge the rich tourists that but not a local.

        We drinking tonight. Unna be safe 😉

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      • Anonymous says:

        Only so much arguing you can do with the government…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Flex Cayman this is dumb. The majority of our tourists coming from the U.S. Canada and the U.K. plus the many people who reside in Cayman who go back to the U.S. Canada and the U.K. already have the UBER and Lyft apps on their phones. Why put everybody through the pain of downloading another app when they already have the 2 apps the rest of the world uses?

      All the points you mention can be done with both UBER and Lyft. Why make things so complex?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Because Uber and Lyft do not and will not come to Cayman. Population size too small for one and the gov will not allow them to operate here for two even if they were interested…so that begs the question why not create a similar but more relevant app for Cayman? (the app also takes literally 5 minutes to download and sign up on)

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        • Anonymous says:

          Population is not the problem. The problem is CIG and the Taxi cartel.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Agree. I live in a town of about 70,000 that is about 20 miles end to end. We have both Uber and Lift and I rarely wait more than 10 minutes for a ride.

        • Anonymous says:

          Absolute nonsense. Where do you get your information that UBER and Lyft will not come here? You need to read both UBER and Lyft’s annual report and marketing strategy. It is clear they would come here.

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      • Flex Cayman says:

        Because Uber and Lyft firstly do not want to come here (population size being their number one deterrent) and secondly are not allowed to come here as the Government have clearly expressed that they will not allow any foreign companies like Uber to set up their business here to protect local interest. That then begs the question why not support a local, Caymanian owned and operated business who has gone through the long and tedious process of developing an app to improve and push forward Cayman public transport for the Cayman people?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Because an unofficial private meter operator doesn’t offer anything in the plus column, except maybe online payment where you shave a few cents from those same Caymanian taxi owners.

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        • Anonymous says:

          An app developer who thinks developing an app is tedious… that bodes well

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      • Anonymous says:

        I didn’t realise downloading an app was painful….

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        • Anonymous says:

          People who have just arrived at the airport do not want to mess around downloading another app especially when they have UBER and Lyft on their phones.

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        • Anonymous says:

          It is a pain in the ass when you are a tourist, just getting off a plane for the first time in a new place, need a taxi, and you have absolutely no idea what Flex Cayman is while knowing UBER and Lyft.

          Why not make life easier for all the tourists arriving at the airport?

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      • Flex Cayman says:

        It also takes literally 5 minutes to download the app on either android or IOS device and sign up. That will not be an issue

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        • Anonymous says:

          12:05, Why do you assume every tourist arriving at the airport knows Flex Cayman?

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        • Anonymous says:

          How do you download it when you arrive at ORA and there is no wifi?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah because the first thing i do when landing on a Caribbean island is download and sign up to an app I’ve never heard of LOL

          What permissions and access to our personal data do you want?

          …tumbleweed…

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      • Anonymous says:

        How long does it take you to download an app? How painful is it?

      • Anonymous says:

        They have to basically do the same as the taxi cartel because the government won’t approve UBER or Lyft. It’s sad for the owner of the company because it will not save us money so it won’t end up being used for them to even profit off it. Unless they can confirm they will offer lower prices and taxis can use it as a way to make extra cash… but why would they want to because the government approved them more money so they will do even less and still make a killing. Sorry, Flex, I just don’t see it working.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Not exactly difficult to download an app. Takes all of 2 minutes…

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        • Anonymous says:

          Without data or public WiFi, they’ll run out of battery long before they get (a) an (untrusted) meterage app downloaded, (b) an account profile setup with (c) linked credit card/PayPal and (d) email confirm acceptance. “Hold on kids, Daddy just has to download some crap”. “Welcome to the Islands that time forgot”.

    • Mad Cobra says:

      Gyal flex, time fi….

    • Anonymous says:

      wow…cayman uber….that fails to bring in any of the benefits of uber/lyft in other countries.
      pure wonderland stuff.

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    • Anonymous says:

      laughable….an app the will make it easier for you to get riped off…….zzzzzzzzzz

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    • Anonymous says:

      Lol. The issue isn’t the lack of an app it’s the ludicrous prices. The last thing we need is a middleman to pay too.

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    • Anonymous says:

      boycott flex cayman. an app that reinforces the rip-off rates of caymans taxis …is a bad joke. and no one is laughing

  12. Benevolent Mindflayer says:

    Back before I started getting routinely ripped off by local taxi drivers (US$27 to go 2.5 miles at 10:30 p.m. was the last straw) my wife and I went out to dinner/events quite a bit – almost every Saturday in fact. Now, because I don’t want to drink and drive and don’t want to pay an additional CI$50 or more for a two-way taxi ride, when we go out one of the two of us either doesn’t drink at all or only has a glass of wine. More often though, we just stay home and share a bottle of wine over a home-cooked meal on Saturday nights. This approach – which we’ve actually found to be more romantic than sitting in most of the loud and cramped restaurants on Grand Cayman – has been very good for our bank account and love life, but not very good for local restaurants and hotels that host events, or the people who work there. The government’s insistence that taxi drivers should be able to run roughshod over residents and tourists is, as another poster has already said, indicative of everything that is wrong with the CIG.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Benevolent Mindflayer If the restaurants are loud and cramped they must be quite busy so I wouldn’t worry too much about hurting them. I think you might be exagggerating just a little.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I’ll cut right to the chase here :
    1. Boycott using local taxis
    2. Arrange a designated driver if out drinking , no excuses.
    3. Use the public buses ..at a fraction of the cost of using a taxi
    4. Take up cycling , get a light for night riding
    5. Arrange a designated driver if out drinking , no excuses .

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like at least one MLA has an interest in a taxi or two.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    I thought the Regulations require meters?

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  16. Anonymous says:

    So taxi drivers are the only ones entitled to a “reasonable living wage”? The line when the minimum wage was being brought in was that there is no way to define a living wage and government should only regular a “basic minimum wage” for people to not live in squalor.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    CNS, can you clarify whether the flat rate fares from the airport are still in effect? Or did those change? The previous rate sheet had a separate section for rates from the airport, which were a little bit lower than if you calculate by the mile.

    CNS: I’ve sent the question to Auntie.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    So now it’s $27.50 instead of the current $25 (plus tip) to go 2 miles in a shitty 1981 hi ace with no seatbelts or a/c at 15 MPH the whole way in the fast lane. Thanks CIG.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Lower the Gas prices, D P, but u won’t do that.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    In what universe is a 10% increase “slight”?

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  21. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never known a cartel like the taxi cartel on this island. They would give the Sinaloa Cartel a run for their money…………see what I did there?

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    • Anonymous says:

      In this country, you gotta get the taxi first. Then when you get the taxi, you get the money. Then when you get the money, then you get the power.

      Tony Montana-Ebanks

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      • Anonymous says:

        That is close to the funniest thing I’ve EVER read on CNS. Change Ebanks to Bodden-Watler and it would have been.

        • Anonymous says:

          This is paradise, I’m tellin’ ya. This town like a great big taxi just waiting to get passengers.

          Tony Montana-Bodden-Watler

          • Anonymous says:

            Now officially the funniest comment ever on CNS. Say hello to my leetle taxi fare schedule….

  22. Anonymous says:

    someone needs to create an uber like app with VPN. So the government cannot block it. And then that’s the end of the overpriced taxi scheme.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    How, exactly, is CI:GO an app? It is a webpage, available offline, on an App Store.

    It’s a posted grid of fares that are not even accurate or implemented by taxi drivers by its own admission!!!

    What if I arrived at the airport, had a package drop off in WB, a grocery stop at Hurley’s, and wanted to make my way to the Wyndham as my final destination? But on my way from Hurley’s to the Wyndham, I wanted the choice between the scenic East End coastal route and also the Frank Sound route and to see what the difference in fare would be? That ability, to input all that data and have the correct information spit out, with a fare, offline, would make this thing an app!

    This is not an app. It’s yet another glorified, useless app. Hopefully, unlike the RCIPS app, this one (at the bare minimum} manages to have the app logo icon show up on an iPads home screen instead of it being blank. So amateur hour and half baked.

    I won’t waste space on my device downloading this app, why would I?

    Taxi drivers gonna charge what they gonna charge. Why risk my life in a fare dispute when an app says one thing and my taxi driver says another, in the dark, at night, on an island I don’t know?

    Useless.

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  24. Complainant says:

    Has Rosa Harris addressed the problem that almost all taxis and presumably this new app do not have the contact number of the regulator in the event of disputes?.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    I’m so embarrassed when i hear of visitors waiting for a cab that i give them a lift to spare them being ripped off. Imagine if everyone did that! Caymankind not theivingchancers…

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  26. Anonymous says:

    There is definitely something wrong with the whole taxi system. There is very little diversity when it comes to the operators of taxi’s here, who grants the licenses?

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  27. London Cabbie says:

    So what distance exactly does the ‘minimum fare’ cover. Extrapolating from the table it would seem to be around half a mile, but nowhere does it say that.

    What is to prevent the driver telling the passenger(s) an inflated distance? Anyone fresh off the plane will have no idea how far it is to their hotel or wherever so the driver will simply make it up. Kimpton? that’s 15 miles ma’am!

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Welp, if ya thought they was drunk driving before, wait until you see unna roads now. Talk about shooting yaself in the foot.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Cayman kind. yeah right!

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  30. Anonymous says:

    The taxi app app is a real improvement. If it works, I hope.

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  31. Anonymous says:

    the ppm way of tackling the transport/traffic crisis in cayman…raise taxi fares!……….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    another day in wonderland.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    And again, the government shows no back bone and thinks taxi drivers will wote them in again. F them and looks like DUIs aren’t going to slow down. Thanks you mother %&^**%’s

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  33. Anonymous says:

    The first two pieces of luggage free? Wtf did I just read?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly!

    • Ryan says:

      Not true. I had a backpack and a suitcase recently and was charged an extra KYD 5 for the suitcase. They told me they need to cover the additional cost of fuel to carry by 10 lb suitcase 2 miles 🙁

  34. Anonymous says:

    This why I drive when I go out and drink and hope I’m still under the limit. Sounds bad but that’s the reality of many many, not just me.

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Can we tag on a referendum for Uber at the same time as the port?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Referendi for everyone!

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        Referenda – at least get the Latin right when trolling.

        CNS: 1) Referendum is not a Latin noun, though most people assume it is, so 2) referenda is not the correct plural, though most people assume it is because of 1. Referendum is the gerund of the verb referre made into an English noun. The correct plural is referendums. I think the troll has seen my previous notes on the matter and is winding me up.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Govt. Needs to to something about the high price of Gasoline. That’s one of the big problem why Taxi’s fares is high. Common sense.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh come on. This is absolutely disgraceful. Take a look at Trip Adviser and look at complaint after complaint on Cayman taxis and fares.

      We need UBER and LYFT now as the ripping off of people must stop.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Who are the owners of the 3 largest taxi companies at the airport?

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  36. Anonymous says:

    It’s pathetic. I now regularly pick tourists up and drive them up and down SMB for free just so they don’t get ripped off. It’s actually a really good hobby. I encourage everyone to do it. When I got charged $25 to go the airport for a 2.5 mile ride that was it. One more year until I have status and I’ll start my own Uber. The taxi mafia are about as smart as the CIG – easy pickings as far as I’m concerned. It’s just a shame no young Caymanian has had the balls, brains and capital to defeat this despicable, antiquated bunch of thieving b*****ds!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Flex tried and government shut it down

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    • Anonymous says:

      They have, they’re being held up by government licensing….go figure…….

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    • Anonymous says:

      i’ve often driven tourists to their hotel from they airport and they usually enjoy

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    • Anonymous says:

      They are trying but government wont let them. These taxi drivers can rip people off, complain about not making a living and be the worst drivers on island, running red lights, pulling out in traffic with no warning, stopping abruptly with no signals, yet government do nothing about them. Ask yourself, when is the last time you saw a taxi or bus get pulled over when we all know how bad they are at driving?

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    • Joe says:

      One time i had a small fair of $15 to go a few blocks. I only had a $25 and the driver had no change. I told him to stop by gas station on way so we could get change. He demanded an additional $10 for the fair because it was an unscheduled stop.

      Haven’t used a taxi for 4 years since this happen.

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      • Anonymous says:

        yep…i’ve had the ‘i have no change scam’ a number of times….

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        • Anonymous says:

          The “I have no change scam” is a daily occurrence ripping off tourists. With UBER and Lyft there would be no such problem.

          • Anonymous says:

            Regardless, how in the name of Cayman Brac is a card payment not an option in the supposed first world?

    • Anonymous says:

      Me too. I’m so embarrassed by the behavior of these taxi drivers I actually enjoy giving tourists a lift. Everyone should! It would be a nice thing for Cayman to be known for.

      If they rip us off like this imagine how they treat tourists.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Taxi drivers would make a better living if prices went down, not up. All this will do is persuade more people to boycott them, I have paid less than half of those rates in both Miami and New York for similar distances with stop and go traffic.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Nail. On. Head.

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    • Anonymous says:

      8:29 pm. Yes and Gas is half the price there too.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Lol. Even your crappy Hiace does 20mpg so thats a difference in gas prices of 10c a mile. Nice try. You’re also more expensive than UK black cabs, where gas prices are double so your argument is laughable.

    • Anonymous says:

      It would, but they don’t want anymore fares. They are happy to make their living on driving as little as possible – that’s why you have to wait so long when you call for one!

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    • Anon says:

      Exactly, we just got a taxi from our hotel to the Fort Lauderdale cruise port – 15miles, 4 passengers, 6bags = US$15.

      If government want to help reduce drink drivers on the roads and taxi drivers want to make more money, the prices need to come down, not up

    • Anonymous says:

      So would store owners.

  38. Anonymous says:

    forget metering…consult the taxi matrix and learn ur fare home from ur usual nightspots…..then you should never be ripped off (but the taxi driver parasites will continue to try!)

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    • Anonymous says:

      What planet are you on? Its not just the attempted rip offs but its the actual level of the fares themselves. Daylight robbery plain and simple.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Grand Cayman has the highest taxi fares of any place I’ve been!

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      Its because we are the most expensive place on earth. Or did you guys forget

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    • Anonymous says:

      Apparently you have not been to too many places. Taxi fares in Miami Airport region is also extremely high and so is NY. Now throughout the NY City the Taxi fares are not high at all

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      • Anonymous says:

        That is not true in NYC and Miami if you use UBER or LYFT. Prices are way lower than Cayman. Come into the modern world 8:57.

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        You must be a taxi driver with that lie. Also, note that NYC is quite far from the airport and you can usually pay about as much as it costs for a 15 minute ride here.

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      • Anonymous says:

        From Miami Airport to NE 125th Street is $40USD by taxi … a distance of 22 miles … by the new rate its $93.60KYD for a 22 mile journey … From ORIA to bodden town is $50KYD .. dats why I park long term everytime I fly …

    • Anonymous says:

      as usual with cayman….. 5 star price for 3star service

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    • Not so says:

      I have been to the Bahamas and they are more expensive. Fares in Jamaica are also high.

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    • Anonymous says:

      8:10 pm and the highest gasoline prices

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    • Anonymous says:

      Certainly Cayman has the highest taxi fares in North America based on miles travelled. Easily prices beat NYC and Miami.

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  40. Anonymous says:

    bring in uber now!…these mla muppetts are not the ones left stranded at 1am in the morning when you are told by only taxi company…’it will be a while, there is only 2 taxis working tonight’…..

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    • Anonymous says:

      So many times at 12:30 AM or 1:00 AM I have been told the “sorry we only have 2 taxis working tonight” story. Just plain stupid for an island loaded with tourists who go out at night on holiday.

  41. Anonymous says:

    the rip-off taxi cartel sums up everything wrong with cayman and cig.
    expensive, ineffecient, short sighted, inadequate, unreleiable….

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  42. Anonymous says:

    thank you for nothing as usual ppm.

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  43. Anonymous says:

    Everyone is being unfair about this. Cayman needs time to catch up with this technology. Meters in taxis are a very recent phenomenon. The first ones only appeared in 1897 (google it). And that was because of unscrupulous taxi drivers. And whoever heard of such a thing in Cayman? Uber can’t come son enough…….

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  44. Anonymous says:

    Only now they will be driving faster to get more fares.

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  45. Anonymous says:

    So now they can ignore the new fare calculator rather than the paper copy and still charge stupid, ridiculous fares.

    Got it.

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    • Anonymous says:

      When they do that you needtofile a complaint. Not enough people do.

    • Caymanians says:

      If you read the article late night fares were reduced by 25%. No more surcharge. You want cheap taxi fares get insurance compamies to reduce their rates. Reduce gas from $ 6USD per gallon to 1.99 USD like Florida..

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  46. Anonymous says:

    The minister feels that the operator need to make a living ?
    WTF. Look at the underpaid staff in hotels, they dont make a living at all.
    40$ per day !!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      But they’re not Caymanian.

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      • Anonymous says:

        So who owns these Caymanian taxi companies? Is it a national secret?
        We should have a right to know.

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        • Anonymous says:

          They denied a FOI request into this question citing bad bookkeeping. In short, they don’t know. But the operators all got a raise tho.

        • Anonymous says:

          There aren’t many fleet operators and lots of single operators.

          Every cab should have window stickers with a map of the island and basic fare descriptions. The taxi’s PTU license number/expiry, driver name and ID photo expiry, should all be on clear display, with PTU dispute numbers.

          If we aren’t going to have a useful app, there must be some way to pay by way of all major credit cards.

          Fleet #1 Webster’s is Kenrick Webster. #2 Gould Locksley owns 444-4444, 777-7777, Ace Nice, Yellow, and A Quick Cabs. #3 Super Cabs 888-8888 is Charlie. #4 Crown Taxi 916-0111

      • Anonymous says:

        Nor are many taxi drivers.

      • Anonymous says:

        CIG does not give a damn about non Caymanians being paid a living wage.
        Only Caymanians count, and the unofficial minimum wage for Caymanians is $10 and hour. Just look at the NICE hourly wage.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not to mention the one who was riding bike to work got hit and killed recently. Maybe if taxis weren’t so expensive he would be alive? May he rest in peace.

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    • Caymanians says:

      All hotel workers are not Caymanians like taxi drivers.

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    • Anonymous says:

      insider fact. Average taxi person in slow season 3k CI a month. Busy season up to 7K CI a month!
      I think they are doing a bit better than well.

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  47. Anonymous says:

    I’ll take my chances driving drunk then. Cheers!

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  48. Anonymous says:

    At those prices it works out cheaper for visitors to rent a car.

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  49. Elvis says:

    their prices as well as their road sense is out of control

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  50. Anonymous says:

    To me this is actually a safety issue…a lot of people would take taxis instead of driving home after a couple of drinks, if it was more affordable. Just being realistic. Drinking and driving is so common here…but I think a lot of it comes down to there not being many options other than walking home or catching a ride (with someone who also most likely drinking).

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    • Anonymous says:

      You alcoholic prefer to buy alcohol, which is very much high priced, cause an accident which may take some innocent persons life than take a taxi home. Oh I forgot that is less money you would have to spend on alcohol to make a fool of yourself. Idiots!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Or a bus if that was available

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    • Give it a chance says:

      I guess you life is not worth much if 4 of you can split a $40 USD fare. For instance a taxi driver explained to me that from Peppers on West Bay Road to Ocean Club condos on Spotts which is 6.3 miles would cost $39 USD for 4 people. That is less than $8 CI per person. That is less than two mixed drinks or a plate of food. Your life must not be worth $8. Come on give it a chance before you start ocmplaining.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Give it a chance, you have been taken for a ride by a local taxi driver. Last month I paid 60 CI for a similar drive one evening.

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        • Kmanlady says:

          Last month we did not have the new rates…
          They are talking about the new rates…which came into effect Aug 1 2019.
          But if you chose to dui my God ride with you and keep you safe

      • Anonymous says:

        You’re missing the point. Almost anywhere else that 6-mile fare would be 12 bucks! Give your head a shake!

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      • Anonymous says:

        34 dollars? Yeah… not true. It’s actually much more. Having lived out there when Aqua Beach was a staple.

      • Anonymous says:

        Next time We are out I’ll make sure I can find another couple from the same address so the maths works. But it would still be almost $10 per skull – 4x $8 is $32, not more than $39.

      • Anonymous says:

        The last time i used a taxi here, the fare quoted was PER PERSON.

      • Anonymous says:

        Great if you all live at the same condo complex. Otherwise they charge full fare for every drop off. If you don’t know that means $40 to ocean club & $50 to the passenger dropped off at Coral Bay & $60 to the passenger in Bodden Town & $80 to the person just before Botanic Park. Yep that means driver gets $230 for one trip.
        I also believe taxi drivers get better rates at the gas stations. I’ve seen their prices listed as ‘taxi rate’

      • Anonymous says:

        He meant $39 each. They don’t split fares here, every passenger pays full price. So that ride will be $160.

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