THE Fiji Taxi Union's Lautoka branch has started an awareness campaign against the illegal operators in the Sugar City.
Union secretary, Mohammed Shameem said there was a need to educate the public about illegal public service vehicles that continued to pose problems for taxidrivers.
"The public needs to be aware that they are contributing to the crime by boarding private cars and hiring them," said Mr Shameem.
"They are not covered under the Third Party which taxidrivers have to pay when they obtain a PSV licence.
"One important aspect of this is that when they get involved in an accident and if they are injured, they will be covered by that fee."
"Some of the fees they fail to pay are wheel tax, road levy and LTA costs to maintain a PSV licence."
Mr Shameem said taxi drivers were losing about 45 per cent of their income to the illegal operators.
"We hope the authorities continue to come down hard on these people because our business is suffering and there is a lot they need to do to stop this growing problem.
"We want to ask government to make it a law for the travelling public to only have a choice between licensed buses, mini vans or taxis when using a public service vehicle," he said.