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LTA awaits quota designation before issuing permits

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE Land Transport Authority will await quota designation for taxi zones before they can begin issuing permits.

Responding to concerns raised by Vuadomo villager Timoci Nativa regarding the need for taxis in the Urata area to service people during times of emergencies, the authority's personnel in the North, Sevuloni Waitureture said applications for permits were now open.

Speaking during the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's talanoa session on Tuesday last week, Mr Waitureture clarified that the Vuadomo area belonged to the Savusavu taxi zone.

"We are awaiting the taxi permit quota designation for the zones before we begin issuing permits," Mr Waitureture said.

"Once the zone quotas are finalised then only can we release new permits."

Mr Bainimarama heard during the talanoa session that people in the Urata area faced a lot of difficulties at night looking for taxis.

Mr Nativa said it was difficult to transport sick people to hospitals because taxi drivers refused to service Vuadomo and Urata especially at night considering their remote location from Savusavu Town.

"Something needs to be seriously done because people in the village need these services badly," Mr Nativa said.

"I had applied for a permit at the Land Transport Authority last year and to date I have not heard from them for their approval.

"Villagers are willing to support me if I purchase a taxi to service the area."

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