Taxi drivers in Dominica will be placed under scrutiny during the 2015/2016 cruise ship season and their attitudes and services will be closely examined.
Authorities at the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) say a huge problem with taxi drivers is the undercutting of prices for tours on the island.
Head of Product Development at the DDA, Kathleen Cuffy- Jno Jules, said tours which are to be sold for US$20 are sometimes being sold for as low as US$6 by taxi drivers.
“So the board is very concerned about that,” she said.
She stated that the problem is especially rampant at the cruise ship pier in Roseau.
Cuffy – Jno Jules pointed out that when prices are undercut, Dominica loses business.
“When you undercut you are actually losing business and Dominica will be branded as a cheap destination,” she stated.
She noted that there are some instances of overcharging but it is not a big problem.
She said the matter is expected be discussed at the Transport Board Meeting on Friday.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Combine Taxi Association and also Training Officer, Margel Durand, expressed disappointment with the turn-out at a training session for taxi drivers.
He said only 25 registered taxi drivers took part in the training, although the association target 50 every year.
Despite his disappointment, Durand stated that, “through all the years I have been doing that, I believe this year was the best.”
Dominica has approximately 370 registered taxi drivers.