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Call to lift ban

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Nadi Carrier Association is seeking the lifting of the ban on carriers carrying passengers.

Association president Abdul Khan said the 175 carrier drivers were concerned about the fine imposed on drivers caught carrying passengers.

"Our main issue is that we are not allowed to carry passengers," he said.

"We have 175 members and we are given a base by the Nadi Town Council, and while all of that has been good for us, we are faced with increasing fines."

Mr Khan said drivers found transporting passengers were being fined $100.

"That amount is too much for a carrier driver," he said.

"We only carry goods but sometimes we are forced to also carry passengers because we need the extra money."

Mr Khan said these concerns had been submitted to the Attorney-General's Office.

Meanwhile, a bus company in Ba claims carrier drivers continue to poach passengers and deprive bus operators of income.

"They are only supposed to be carrying goods, nothing else. Passengers have to travel in buses, taxis, licensed vans or RSL vehicles," said Sher Ali Buses director Sikandar Ali.

"The problem with these carriers is that they want to do something that they are not allowed to be doing.

"They are not supposed to transport passengers to areas where buses are running, and if they want to take people to places where a bus can't go then they should get a rural service licence."

Mr Ali said Ba bus operators have been facing issues with carrier drivers affecting the service.

"Sometimes, they take passengers right from the bus stand."

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