A-G: State aware of misconduct by cabbies

GOVERNMENT is aware of complaints that some taxidrivers have been involved in robberies.

This was told to Parliament on Monday by Attorney-General and acting Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while responding to a question by Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro on how the Land Transport Authority planned to conduct its lottery to select new taxi permit holders.

“We have a lot of complaints that some taxidrivers have been involved in robberies and they are used as get-away cars,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We also know there have been taxidrivers who have committed sexual offences when women get into taxis, etc.”

He said one of the requirements of getting a taxi permit was that applicants should not be convicted of property or sexual offences.

“In fact (I do not know whether he still is), the former secretary of the taxi association had blamed women for wearing short dresses or clothes, so the applicant must not be convicted of any of those two offences.”