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Taxi Body Urges Public To Lodge Complaints Against Drivers

Taxi Body Urges Public To Lodge Complaints Against Drivers
September 06
11:01 2018

The Fiji Taxi Association Vice President and La­basa President Mahendra Pratap Singh has urged the pub­lic to lodge a report to Police if they feel unsafe in a taxi.

The comment comes after an al­leged attempted abduction of a 15-year-old in Labasa.

The incident is said to have tak­en place on the crowning night of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North.

The victim is recovering at home with injuries after she jumped out of the taxi.

Mr Singh said taxi drivers guilty of the offence were paint­ing a negative picture of the business.

“I urge members of the public to lodge Police reports on any incidents they may face or come across so the Police are aware of it and the drivers responsible for such acts are taken to task,” he said.

“No matter how senior drivers are, the constitution of the coun­try governs everyone.

“If you commit the crime, the driver has to pay the price.

“It is sad to note that some drivers are driving at night to commit these offences.This is painting a bad image of the taxi association.

“The day the story was printed out on the Fiji Sun, I received calls from many people question­ing about their safety in public service transport, we do not want the public to question their safety.

“We need to gain their trust back as one particular incident like this has tarnished our repu­tation,” he said.

He said that the association was assisting the Fiji Police Force with the investigation.

“Drivers need to be vigilant because anything can happen to them and their passengers.

“It is bad that public service transport drivers are carrying out such acts.

“The safety of passengers is paramount and they have to en­sure that they are safe and reach their destination.

“We are trying to find out wheth­er the driver is a member of the Labasa Taxi Association or the Macuata Rural Taxi, because if it falls under us, he is not governed under us but we are happy to as­sist with the investigation.”

A close family friend who wished to remain anonymous said the suspect who drives a black taxi had gone to the girl’s home in an attempt to seek for­giveness.

“The family is hurt with what the man did to their daughter, they did not accept the yaqona the man took to their place ask­ing for forgiveness,” he said.

“Who wouldn’t be hurt with what the driver did, if it was any­one else’s daughter or son, they would feel the same thing.

“The 15-year-old child has been hailed hero amongst her peers for bravely jumping outside from a moving vehicle.”

Fiji Police Force has sent the investigation file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecu­tions (ODPP) for sanctioning.

The suspect had been ques­tioned and released as the file was forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecu­tions.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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