POLICE are pleading with members of the public to acknowledge the role played by public service vehicle drivers.
The development comes after recent police reports highlighted a number of men being arrested for alleged aggravated robbery in which two taxidrivers were robbed of cash and one of the drivers was assaulted with a pen knife.
"Police are again appealing to members of the community to respect taxidrivers as they provide a service to the community," police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said yesterday.
Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) board member and taxi base owner Saiyad Nabi told this newspaper this was one of the association's biggest issues.
"Many drivers are robbed, particularly by nightclub goers at around midnight and the early hours of the morning," he said.
"We are forced not to carry cash because of such incidents and we hope members of the public will respect this service."
Mr Nabi said although it was not as rife as it was a few years ago, attacks on cab drivers still remained a problem.
The police are asking for a combined effort from the public to curb the issue.