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Freeze to stay

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE Land Transport Authority is uncertain when applications for new taxi permits will re-open.

New taxi permits are still on freeze since January last year because of the pending applications with the authority.

Land Transport Authority chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva said there was a backlog of applications for the past two to three years which needed to be cleared.

Therefore, he said, the authority would not receive applications for new permits right now.

"We have thousands of applications that need to be cleared which is a huge task for the authority," he said.

"At the moment we are uncertain when will the applications reopen. However, we are trying to ensure that we have all data sorted before anything further is done."

Mr Tuinaceva said the authority would only process applications that were on transfer, reissue and amendment.

"So far more than 50 applications are received every day from each division," he said.

"We receive applications relating to all transfers, reissue and to amendments. However, new applications will not be anticipated.

"We have a team that is looking at reviewing the taxi structure and the implications that are presently there," he said.

Mr Tuinaceva said the review would take some time to be rectified so that they do not overflow the market, and to provide effective, efficient and sustainable service to the public.

"Because of the influx in the taxi service, LTA tends to streamline its application quota so that the market is within controllable measures," he said.


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