ALL they are trying to do is put food on the table for their families and they have done so for so many years outside of the law.
But they are not a group of hard luck Robin Hood-type bandits, they are just a group of men who have tried for so long to become legal taxi service operators.
And if all goes to plan, they could very well be on the cusp of achieving their dream of being certified legal taxi service providers.
Operating under the banner of the East West Taxi and Tour Operators Limited, the group has already taken the first step to becoming legal, submitting their papers to the LTA for verification and for the granting of the first of what they hope to be many taxi permits.
Company director Jona Robanakadavu, who has seen it all in his time behind the wheel, has made countless attempts with previous administrations to become legal but all have been to no avail.
Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr Robanakadavu said they had approached previous governments to give them the opportunity to get licences but were always rebuffed,
"But we have met now with the Transport Ministry and we are asking them to allow us to become legal and we have received a good response," Mr Robanakadavu said.
"We have submitted our papers to the LTA and they are processing them after which we expect to be given our plates.
"We have asked at least that the first 20 permits be given to us and we can then work from there.
With the company seeking 205 permits, Mr Robanakadavu said it was important to note that each permit not only represented a driver, but also a family that was reliant on him to put food on their table.