MANY residents of Suva and Nasinu by now will have noticed the iconic black London taxis in operation.
The service is proving to be very popular, particularly among wheelchair-bound passengers as the taxis are equipped with ramps to provide them easy access.
"I did some homework and found out from various organisations that there are 6200 people in wheelchairs in Fiji," Tauz Khan, owner of the taxis, told this newspaper.
He said the service regularly received calls from hospitals to transport discharged wheelchair-bound patients.
The taxis are also being utilised by wheelchair-bound tourists from cruise liners visiting Suva.
"Since we got the cars the Ports Authority calls us to send four to six cars, so we are also covering the tourism side," said Mr Khan, who first saw the cabs on a visit to London last year.
But the taxis are not just beneficial to wheelchair-bound passengers.
"Families also call for London taxis, because five passengers can travel in them," Mr Khan said.
He assured that the taxis, which until recently rode on the streets of London in England, operated on the same fares as regular Fiji taxis.
LTA media liaison officer Iliesa Sokia said the authority applauded the initiative taken by the London taxis, and added that they were looking at other modes of transport to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers.