692 taxi permit applications processed in Lautoka

Lasarusa Divialagi waits for his turn to lodge the taxi permit application in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A TOTAL of 692 applications for new taxi permits were processed by the Land Transport Authority in Lautoka.
LTA confirmed it had received applications for the Nadi 1, Nadi 2 and Lautoka 1 transport zones during the two-day drive at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka.
LTA board chairman Vijay Maharaj said the application process was a success.
He said despite the large number, 692, LTA processed the applications on time.
“The Girmit Centre attracted hundreds of people interested in the application, however, only those who complied with the criteria actually had their applications processed,” he said.
Mr Maharaj confirmed there were incidents when applicants earning above $20,000 had applied for a permit, but were quickly rejected.
He said apart from this, officers also received applications with duplicate photo IDs and these were also declined.
“The fact that LTA has rejected applications depicts that the officers are doing their work within the regulations set for the new taxi permit applications and the number of applications processed within the two days also shows that LTA is doing its job transparently with proper checks and balances in place.”
The authority is expected to resume the operation for the Nadi 1, Nadi 2 and Lautoka 1 transport zones tomorrow.