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New permits blamed for cause of rift

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, February 18, 2013

TAILEVU taxi operators yesterday questioned the new taxi permits issued for Tailevu/Korovou areas causing a rift among drivers and operators.

And the representatives at the Fiji Taxi Association national committee meeting said the issue of these new permits had resulted in the exchange of abusive and threatening language. FTA acting general secretary, Harish Chandra said this was not new as the same problem was faced everywhere in Fiji.

He said they needed to work with Land Transport Authority to avoid any misunderstanding.

LTA operations manager, Joseva Vosanibola said the drivers' attitude and code of conduct were important and should be maintained by all public service vehicle (PSV) operators.The four-hour meeting also saw members from Taveuni and Labasa expressing their disappointment on how drivers fall victims of discrimination in the north as passengers do not respect them because of the nature of their work

Meanwhile, the association also discussed that FTA had 7600 permits but only 4000 taxis were on the roads.

And individual operators was something the association needed to address as they were faced with difficulties because of the cost of maintenance and service requirements.

Mr Chandra said the problem was individual operators.

He said only above 250 of the 4000 taxis in operation were fleet operators with 20 to 50 taxis and other small operators who had between two to five jobs.