Tuesday 17 September, 2019

East PoS crime sees suspension of some TTRS rides

Photo via Facebook, TTRS.

Photo via Facebook, TTRS.

Crime continues to affect the ability of businesses to carry out their operations.

The latest entity to be affected is local ride-sharing service TT RideShare, which on Friday announced that rides requested to and from some areas of East Port of Spain have been temporarily restricted as the frequency of criminal attacks originating from the area can no longer be ignored.

In an email to its riders, TTRS said the measure was part of its drive to increase security measures and ensure the safety of both riders and drivers alike, given recent developments.

“In light of recent events in which our drivers have been victims of the criminal elements that plague our country, we have taken a decision to implement two changes that will affect the way we do business,” TTRS said.

Map provided by TTRS.

Stressing that the safety of its drivers and riders is paramount, TTRS disclosed several drop off and pick up points have been earmarked to service ride requests near East Port of Spain.

Belmont Police Station

Siam/Apsara

Port of Spain General Hospital

NIB office

Another major security change expected to come on stream from next month - only verified riders will be able to request rides.

TTRS has been on a drive to get riders to verify their profiles to ensure quicker service and the safety of their drivers when going to pickup locations.

The ride-sharing service assured that when it mandatory Rider Verification is enforced in September, the East Port of Spain area will be reopened for full service.

To verify a rider profile:

Upload a valid form of identification along with a picture to the app

Ensure the email address used is valid and you clicked the confirmation link emailed to you

Ensure that the name used on your account matches the name on your ID

Verified riders requesting transport from ‘hot spot’ areas will be able to access rides relatively quicker and easier, and much faster than non-verified riders.

TTRS previously explained that verifying profiles will ensure that riders experience fewer cancellations as drivers “will now feel more secure with their rider as opposed to when aliases such as ‘suga lips’ and ‘wurl boss’ are used”.

TTRS again stressed the importance of implementing the changes, stating that it is working to deter criminal activities and protect its valued stakeholders.

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