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A-G calls for improvement in taxi industry

Shalveen Chand
Monday, March 24, 2014

IMPROVE Fiji's taxi industry and make it more stable, said Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as he addressed the 66th Fiji Taxi Association's AGM in Suva yesterday.

He said there had been recent criticism levelled against taxidrivers, one to do with the conditions of their vehicles and one with the behaviour of drivers.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the government had embarked on a nationwide consultation process so regulatory changes could be made.

"In order to have a stable environment there has to be transparency. This is good for business," he said.

He said it was unfortunate there was also very limited transparency, even with issuing taxi licences and bases.

"If you are applying for taxi bases in a municipal council, then you need to know the specific requirements and those need to be transparent," said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

"The Bainimarama government, apart from removing corruption, is here to ensure that business processes of regulatory industries and the government are transparent."

In his address to taxi operators, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum urged them to think of ways in which the taxi service could be improved.

He said there was a need to work together for a better future of the taxi industry.

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