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Focus on poor PSV conditions

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE poor condition of public service vehicles was discussed at a meeting of municipal council heads in Lautoka.

Nasinu Town Council chief executive officer Simione Naikarua said the issue was not unique to his municipality and was a problem common to all cities and towns in the country.

"The quality of taxis is very poor and it is very unfair on ratepayers and citizens to be paying fares while travelling in sub-standard vehicles," he said.

Ba and Tavua special administrator Arun Prasad said the issue was also prevalent across the Western Division and called for standards to be set for all public service vehicles.

Land Transport Authority director operations Josefa Vosanibola said the road monitor was aware of the issue and steps were being made to address the problem. "We are going through a review of legislation and request local government representation in the review committee," he said.

"Most taxis are below standard and we need to set standards. Consultations will be held with rural local authorities on the state of PSV in operation," he said.





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