1560 taxi permits at stake

LTA Board Chairperson Vijay Maharaj showing the new colour coded taxi number plates. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

ABOUT 1560 opportunities for those interested in taxi permits in the Western Division will be at stake when the Land Transport Authority takes applications for new permits from May 31. In a statement issued yesterday, the LTA announced its first call for taxi permit applications for the Nadi-1, Nadi-2 and Lautoka-1 transport zones.

According to the LTA, 358 permits will be on offer for Nadi-1 zone which includes Momi Bay Junction and Yako up to the Nadi Town bridge.

For Nadi-2, 163 permits will be on offer for Nadi Town Bridge, Namotomoto, Navoci, Nakavu, Saunaka, Nadi International Airport, Martintar, Namaka, Votualevu, Naisoso, Sabeto and Lomolomo.

For Lautoka-1 zone, 1036 permits will be on offer covering Barara, Lomolomo, Viseisei, Saweni, Lauwaki, Wairabetia,, Velovelo, Taperia, Natabua, Field 40, Navutu and Lautoka City.

LTA board chairperson Vijay Maharaj said interested persons within the transport zones announced must ensure they met application requirements.

He said the taxi permit application call would attract a lot of attention but new processes in the LTA Public Service Vehicle Regulations, 2017, would ensure that only those who qualified would be considered.

“The LTA board, executive management and the staff are working at their best to ensure that the project is executed smoothly and in accordance to regulations, our staff are also undergoing training to enable rigid vetting of applications and information presented by the applicants,” said Mr Maharaj.

Requirements are; A completed application form, valid photo identification (passport or voter registration card), police clearance report or receipt, proof of household income and applicants must submit that the combined income of the applicant and the household members is below $20,000.