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Authority warns RSL permit holders

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, June 15, 2014

THE LTA has warned Rural Service Licence (RSL) permit holders and operators to operate from their regulated rural base or lose their Rural Service Licences.

The RSL operators were directed to serve their rural community only and to stop operating in urban centres.

LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva met with 20 RSL permit holders in the Central and Eastern divisions last week and highlighted this very issue.

"You must serve your rural community, it was the reason you were given the RSL permit in the first place and also it's the terms and conditions of the licence, but many of you are deserting your rural community and are running into Nausori Town and right into Suva City," Mr Tuinaceva said.

"Your base is a rural one and your customers are rural-based, we have received complaints from villagers and the rural community that you are not serving them at all, these are the very people that gave their consent in the first place for you to operate an RSL.

"It was a collective agreement and there was mutual understanding between you and the villagers that you will serve and provide them with transportation need, we have received information that school children aren't receiving that service, the people's movement is affected."

He said the permit holders' service was clearly defined in the RSL issued and they needed to ensure they stuck to it.

"There are enough LM and buses, taxi serving the urban route, you are also encroaching when you come into towns and cities and it's illegal," he said.

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