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Touting in the city

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, February 01, 2013

TOUTING passengers is a serious issue for taxidrivers in Lautoka City.

LTA west team leader Joji Suguturaga said the issue of taxis from other regions entering the city to operate their business was common.

"We have been receiving a lot of complaints from taxidrivers in Lautoka about taxis from other towns coming in," said Mr Suguturaga.

"What we are doing is we are monitoring them and we will deal with the issue accordingly. We are urging these drivers to refrain from these practices. They are all working towards a common goal and they have to maintain a level of respect for each other's boundaries."

The Fiji Taxi Union's Lautoka branch has expressed disappointment at how taxis from other districts entered the city to tout passengers.

"We have about 380 licensed taxis in Lautoka. There are more than enough drivers here to ferry passengers to their destinations," said union secretary Mohammed Shameem.

Mr Shameem revealed that a tourist boat that docked at Lautoka's Queens Wharf had attracted hire rental vehicles from as far as Denarau.

"This is not allowed. Those passengers came off the boat here in Lautoka and by right if they require a taxi service, a taxidriver based in Lautoka will respond to them," he said.

"According to the LTA Act for PSVs, taxis are only allowed to enter another district if they are transporting the passenger from their base to that district and upon their return to their base, if a passenger is also travelling back, then they can also hire them. No taxi is allowed to go to another district without a passenger."


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