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Police link taxis to criminal work

30 taxi drivers, on average, are booked daily for infringements LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO suva The involvement of taxi drivers in criminal activities is one of the enforcement challenges faced by the
24 Mar 2014 11:51

30 taxi drivers, on average, are booked daily for infringements

LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO
suva
The involvement of taxi drivers in criminal activities is one of the enforcement challenges faced by the Fiji Police Force.
Its traffic division director, Senior Superintendent o f Police Mahesh Mishra, highlighted this while addressing taxi drivers at the Fiji Taxi Association’s annual general meeting at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday.
He said taxis were also being used as getaway vehicles in robberies and other criminal activities and this should end.
Another issue highlighted was
incidents of sexual harassment
by taxi drivers. SSP Mishra said
they should be very careful with
the way they address their female passengers.
Other challenges relating to taxi drivers include drink driving, touting for passengers, illegal shuttling of passengers from bus bays, road worthiness conditions of taxi, inconsiderate driving causing obstruction to other road users and lack of service from approved bases resulting in illegal operations.
He revealed that the number of taxis involved in road accidents between 2007 and 2013 stood at 3402 and the total number of taxis involved in fatal accidents for that period was 266.
He said an average of 30 drivers were booked for traffic infringements on a daily basis nationwide and taxi drivers constituted 35 per cent of all infringement recorded by the police.
He added that it was their aim to reduce incidents of violent attacks against drivers and operators though relevant safety training programmes.
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