One week after commuters had complained about extortion being practised by boat operators traversing the Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings on Sundays and holidays, Harbour Master Michael Tennant has announced that those operators can be suspended for their actions if the matter is reported.Guyana Times reported that boat operators were charging double fares on Sundays and holidays, much to the discomfiture of the travelling public.Tennant, in an interview with this publication, said passengers need to report the incidents for MARAD to act. He noted that complainants would be required to file an official report, which would require the name of the boat along with the time of the incident, since it would make the investigation easier.This newspaper was informed that boat operators usually demand a fare increase of an additional $100 when they transport half the number of passengers on this route.Passengers have also detailed cases when they were forced to pay the extra $100, some without even knowing that the additional fee is unlawful.When Guyana Times visited the Georgetown Stelling to investigate the complaint one recent Friday, some disgruntled passengers opined that the fare increase was quite burdensome and “unfair” to them. An angry passenger had said, “I ain’t get raise on my salary, so I ain’t concern with no raise of fare! I won’t go for no raise of fare!”Another frequent boat user had told Guyana Times, “I think that the fee increase on weekends and holidays is unnecessary and unacceptable. The boat captains and bowmen would have the maximum number of persons on board and still charge the $200 fee. It is a matter that should be looked into by the relevant authorities, because it’s an act of exploiting customers.”Another passenger of the water taxis had said, “We have no other choice. Sometimes — especially when they (boat operators) know that the bridge is closed — they try to exploit us, and I think that is unfair.”Still another passenger had noted being subjected to the increase predominantly on Sundays and holidays. “The double-fare being charged by boat operators on Sundays and holidays is definitely ridiculous! It’s unethical! This was never approved! I believe only persons who aren’t aware of this are the ones that are being targeted. I pay $100 on those days, especially when the boats travel with a full load,” this passenger had said.Agreeing with the statements expressed by most passengers, Trisha Patterson had said she had seen cases in which the boat operators had come over with full loads and were still demanding $200 from each passenger. She opined that the situation needed to be investigated.A bowman who spoke to this newspaper had said the fares are increased on Sundays and holidays because those are not full working days.“Sundays and holidays is $200 (charged) because we ain’t supposed to be working. So them man does come out because them ain’t got nothing fuh do (and them want) fuh try and help de passengers to get across more fast. $200 a head. Me ain’t know why them (passengers) does row, because this is de cheapest boat fare around here,” he had declared.
ROSSES NEWS: St Patricks day celebrations – Burtonport 12-2Come and join us on St Patricks day 12 – 2 in St Columba’s community centre, Acres, Burtonport, for our annual St Patricks Day Celebration of Irish culture.Entertainment on the day is free and includes – traditional music and dancing, marching bands, traditional games, free tea/coffee and stew etc.. If you have money to spend however there will be plenty of ways in which to do it. There will be fun games, raffles, rickety wheel, lucky leprechaun’s hat etc… that you can spend your money on. All donations and takings on the day will go towards the local the local lifeboat and the local summer festival. This event is a bring and share event which means that we need as many of you as possible to bring along a tray of sandwiches, packet of biscuits/buns or some traditional baking, to share with others over a cup of tea and some craic. If anyone fancies trying your hand at traditional recipies such as fadge, boxty, pancakes, etc…. this would be greatly appreciated. In past years we have run out of food so we need as many donations of food as we can get.We would also appreciate help setting up the day before. We will be at the community centre from 1.00 on Saturday 16 March if you can help with the set up or if you’d like to drop in some baking. Looking forward to seeing you. Thank you.“Discover The Leprechauns Secret”Fun Family walk for St Patricks weekend: If you would like to find out where the local Burtonport Leprechauns are hiding their crock of gold and be in with a chance of winning it as a prize, then come along to “The Old Railway Walk” in Burtonport anytime between 10 o clock on Friday 15th and 6 o clock Monday 18th March. Local leprechauns will be out and about with clues which will reveal the crocks secret location. Register for the walk by picking up an entry form with details from “The Check Out Service Station”, Burtonport. Cost is €5 per family entry with all funds collected going towards developing “Playmatters” which is situated in the CDP, Dungloe. The Irish Duck RaceAs part of Burtonport’s St Patricks day celebrations the first “Irish Duck Race” will be held on St Patrick’s day in Meenbannad. Give your duck an Irish name and see how fast it can make its way to the finish line which will be under the bridge near Paddy Neilleys Pub in Meenbannad. Ducks are €5 each and are on sale at some local shops and post offices. Alternatively contact Donna at the Cope in Annagry or by phoning 0860730517 to purchase a duck. Only 100 ducks in the race with prize money totalling €300. All proceeds from The Irish Duck Race will be shared between lifeboat and Burtonport festival.The Burtonport Welcome CentreThe Welcome Centre will reopen for the 2013 season on Friday 15th March. from 8pm -10pm. The opening will consist of an arts and crafts exhibition. Exhibitions and events will continue through the season until the end of October. Submissions of paintings and sculpture will be acceptedon Wednesday 13th March from 2pm -5pm, should those times be unsuitable please contact email@example.com Craft exhibitors can set their stalls up from 10am on Friday 15th March RSVP BY EMAIL PLEASE. DD LOCAL: ROSSES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportrosses community news