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Ticket debate

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned that some members of the Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) are against electronic ticketing for taxis.

Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar said some members of the FTA were coming up with what she termed "lame excuses to avoid proper accountability and transparency".

She said members of the FTA who were against the idea should consider stepping out of their comfort zones and co-operating with the respective authorities.

"The e-ticketing system will provide a more transparent and realistic picture of actual revenue they generate," she said.

A board member of the FTA and managing director of Tavarua Taxis and Tours Ltd, Saiyad Nabi said more consideration was needed.

"This will not work in the taxi business because unlike buses, people are expected to pay at the end of their journey — not at the beginning.

"So what happens if we take them from Suva to Nausori and the machine becomes faulty? Are we expected to just let them get off? Who will pay for the fare then?"

FTA acting national general secretary, Harish Chandra said they did not appreciate the statement made by the Consumer Council.

"The members of the Fiji Taxi Association are operating their business under the existing Land Transport Act and are in compliance with the statutory requirements of the laws of Fiji.

"The taxi industry is a regulated industry with very limited room for improvements and expansion therefore one cannot just point a finger and say that the taxi operators are tax evaders or oppressors of the laws of this land," said Mr Chandra.





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