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Taxi Association Backs Report

The Fiji Taxi Association has welcomed the report on land transport. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum handed the report to the Transport Minister Parveen Kumar yesterday. Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Rishi
20 Jun 2015 15:06
Taxi Association Backs Report
Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Rishi Ram

The Fiji Taxi Association has welcomed the report on land transport.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum handed the report to the Transport Minister Parveen Kumar yesterday.

Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Rishi Ram said: “There are very good ideas. This is a first for the country, a pilot project and we are keen to see how it works out. Once implemented these recommendations, such as open bases, would drastically cut down on illegal operations.

“Also, for the recommendation that drivers who have been driving for many, many years and have not had their voices heard can now be given a fair go at owning taxi licences. This will greatly improve the lives of many of these people. We welcome this very much.”

Some complaints noted and recommendations made included:

  • The requirement of obtaining base permits be totally removed for taxis to allow all taxi operators to operate from any base within a designated municipality. The only exception will be any private premises/property such as hotels, Denarau Island, airports where the owner of airport can designate which taxi can operate from that particular area.
  • Taxis must carry permanent signage displayed prominently to indicate which area the taxi operator has a business licence from;
  • For Base Fees: those who have previously paid base fees but were not given bases can apply for a refund, provided they produce relevant receipts or documentation in support of such payments;
  • The issuance of all PSV permits be means test based.

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