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Taxi Board Holds Emergency Meeting

Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) board members held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the Transport Industry Report that was released by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The meeting was called to
25 Jun 2015 09:45
Taxi Board Holds Emergency Meeting

Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) board members held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the Transport Industry Report that was released by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The meeting was called to set the FTA’s stand on the issue after differing comments from within the association on the report.

In a related development last night, the association’s Lautoka branch president Mohammed Shameem confirmed he had been suspended for speaking out in support of the report.

During the board meeting, there was an exchange of words regarding the open base recommendation in the report as well as the comments made by FTA general secretary Rishi Ram to the media.

Mr Ram had earlier welcomed the report but a day later went back on his word.

His initial recorded comments quoted him as saying that the open base and other recommendations were in line with a presentation the association made to the Transport Minister.

“The association has only 500 members, although there are in excess of 7500 taxi drivers around the country.

Earlier, Mr Shameem said the comments made by Mr Ram needed proper consultation.

“It was never discussed on any board or any forum when the general secretary spoke on behalf of the association. The (association’s) constitution says the secretary has the right to speak on the forum, but you need to consult,” he said.

“We have to bring in equality, the constitution clearly spells out equality. It is only a certain portion of the taxi drivers saying no to it because they don’t want equality.”

Mr Hafiz said they would submit their thoughts on the report to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, and Transport Minister Parveen Kumar.

“For the open base recommendation it was made after public consultations with the Attorney-General and most of the complaints were on procedures not being followed by relevant authorities,” he said.

“In our submission we will need to discuss the particular details of the open base procedures for operations.”

 



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