THE travelling public in Lautoka have been urged to contact the Lautoka Taxi Operators Association (LTOA) for taxi availability or to raise issues or complaints about the conduct of drivers in the Sugar City.
LTOA general secretary Feroz Dean said the invitation to the public was in response to the clampdown on illegal transport activities by the Fiji Police Force traffic unit and the Land Transport Authority during Operation Blitz.
More than 2700 drivers were booked for various offences during the exercise last month.
"The clampdown by the authorities has resulted in a huge vacuum in transport services and that is the reason we are urging the travelling public to contact us on 9264084 should they require taxi services after hours or if there is a complaint about the conduct of one of our members."
Mr Dean reminded the travelling public that using a legal taxi ensured they had adequate insurance cover should an accident occur.
"Illegal transport providers cannot offer you the same guarantee and passengers will have no claim if an accident happens in an illegal vehicle," he said.
Mr Dean urged members of the LTOA to ensure they dressed appropriately while on duty and to conduct their business in a friendly and helpful manner, bearing in mind the public service vehicle drivers code of conduct.