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A-G, drivers talk

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, January 25, 2013

SECURITY at Nadi International Airport will be tightened and taxidrivers found to be illegally touting passengers will be taken to task.

This was revealed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the completion of talks with the Nadi International Airport Taxi Association (NIATA) on Wednesday. Taxi operators had called on the government to address issues affecting their business, especially illegal operators and touters.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said while security would be beefed up in the interim, refurbishments at the country's biggest tourist gateway would stem illegal activity permanently.

"There have been a lot of infringements on the rights of these taxi operators, especially the right these taxis have to passengers coming out of the arrivals lounge," he said.

"We have found that there is a lot of touting going on and a lot of illegal operators coming in and infringing on their area and affecting business. For some of these taxis, drivers have to wait for between four and five hours to get one fare and in many cases that fare could be as little as $7. Earning $7 every four to five hours is not very attractive."

NIATA president Mustapha Mohammed thanked the A-G for taking the time to hear and offer solutions to their grievances and urged his members to work in partnership with the government as a way forward for the public service vehicle industry.





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