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LTA to Re-Draw for Unsuccessful Taxi Permit Applicants

LTA to Re-Draw for Unsuccessful Taxi Permit Applicants
Taxi in Suva City . Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 13
11:43 2018

Following the announcement of the grace period for the return of provisional taxi permits from ineligible recipients, the Land Transport Authority has announced that a re-draw will take place for applicants. They were previously unsuccessful in the barrel draw held on 28 July 2018.

The re-draw will give honest Fijians who missed out in the first barrel draw, the opportunity to be awarded taxi permits that were obtained dishonestly by some recipients.

The re-drawn permits will be made available based on the quota within each transport zone.

Successful applicants who have been granted provisional taxi permits during the barrel draw on July 28, 2018 after filing honest and accurate applications will still be granted their substantive taxi permits after the re-draw has been held.

The re-draw will take place following the 21-day grace period announced by the LTA for the return of provisional taxi permits from ineligible recipients who provided false declarations on their applications, along with any ongoing or resulting LTA investigations.

As a reminder, all ineligible recipients have until August 21, 2018 to surrender their provisional taxi permits to the LTA to avoid criminal charges.

Those who fail to surrender their permits within the 21-day grace period will face criminal prosecution under the Crime Act 2009.

Applicants or households found to have previously submitted false declarations will not be eligible for the re-draw. Additionally, the LTA will continue to verify declarations made on permit applications following the re-draw.

The LTA advises all provisional taxi permit recipients to refrain from purchasing any vehicles or other associated goods until substantive taxi permits are distributed.

If any individual is aware of a recipient who may have provided a false declaration, they can contact the LTA over e-mail at newtaxipermits@lta.com.fj, or by telephone or text message at 9989580/9907013.

Source: DEPTFO News

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