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Security guards in the wrong

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, February 18, 2013

SECURITY guards do not have any authority to demand taxidrivers license and check their meters.

Nadi representatives at the Fiji Taxi Association's national committee meeting yesterday voiced their concerns on the conduct of security guards at Denarau in Nadi.

Saiyad Nabi, who spoke on behalf of Nadi taxi operators, said taxis were normally stopped at the entrance where the security guards demanded their license and checked their taxi meters.

"We questioned them several times whether they have any right to do that," he said.

"But they explained the directive was issued from the Land Transport Authority to check all taxis before they are allowed in."

Mr Nabi said such conduct was unacceptable because security guards were not road marshals.

LTA general manager operations, Joseva Vosanibola said security guards did not have any right or authority to conduct checks on taxis.

Mr Vosanibola said there was no directive given to the security guards in Denarau to check if taxi operators comply with their permits.

He said taxidrivers should be aware that they should only provide relevant documents when stopped by police or LTA officers.