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Ram Clarifies Taxi Concession

The Fiji Taxi Association has reminded social welfare identification (ID) card holders they cannot demand to travel by taxis at half the taxi fare. The association’s general secretary, Rishi Ram,
16 Feb 2015 12:19
Ram Clarifies Taxi Concession

The Fiji Taxi Association has reminded social welfare identification (ID) card holders they cannot demand to travel by taxis at half the taxi fare.

The association’s general secretary, Rishi Ram, said taxi operators would only provide taxi services to card holders at a discount rate of 20 per cent of the actual fares.

He said the discount rate shall only be valid for journey up to 20 kilometres.

“50 per cent concession is only applicable in buses and only applicable to those passengers that have on production of the ID card,” Mr Ram said.

He said the deed of agreement signed between the Government and the Fiji Taxi Association clearly stated:

“The Association together with all its members jointly and severally, hereby agree that with effect of the date of commencement of this agreement, all taxi operators will provide taxi service, at a discount rate of 20 per cent of the actual fares, to disabled persons, senior citizens and those persons receiving food or family assistance from Ministry of Social Welfare, provided that these persons are certified and issued with relevant identifications card by the relevant agency. The discount rate shall only be valid for journey up to 20 kilometers”.

He also reminded taxi drivers that not obeying the agreement was an offence.

“Because of this incentive we were given the full taxi fare increase on November 7, 2011,” Mr Ram said.

He said it would be better if ID card holder’s advised taxi drivers in advance if they were a recipient of the taxi fare concession.

“More of this issue would be dealt with during our upcoming annual general meeting which is to be held here in Suva on March 15,” Mr Ram said.

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