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Report crimes, taxi drivers urged

The Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) has urged its members to report incidents of theft, bullying and harassment to Police as quickly as possible. The call has come from FTA gen­eral
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Report crimes, taxi drivers urged
The inter-section of Gaji Rd, Grantham Rd and Kasanji St. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) has urged its members to report incidents of theft, bullying and harassment to Police as quickly as possible.

The call has come from FTA gen­eral secretary Rishi Ram after a se­ries of incidents this week.

Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning near the Gaji Road roundabout in Raiwaqa, Suva, a number of youths allegedly stopped taxis and robbed drivers, taking cash and accessories from vehicles.

It is understood that once a youth flagged down a taxi others would rush in and grab cash and items from the taxi and then flee.

Some vehicles were bombarded with stones after drivers failed to stop when they were flagged down.

Mr Ram described the incidents as saddening because taxi drivers pro­viding services to members of the public were being attacked.

He said the bullying and robberies were unacceptable.

“It is bad that some members of the public are carrying out such acts,” Mr Ram said.

“I urge all taxi drivers to lodge po­lice reports on any incidents they may face or come across so the po­lice are aware of it and the people responsible for such acts are taken to task.

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

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

Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio said no reports of such incidents were lodged with them, but he urged drivers to be careful to ensure their safety as well as that of their passengers.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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