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Fiji Ports Corporation Limited Chief Clears The Air On Parking Fees Claims

Mr Piyasena said he was concerned with how people were misinterpreting the term ‘parking fees’ at the wharf as the wharf was for its purpose and not a parking space.
07 Aug 2019 15:11
Fiji Ports Corporation Limited Chief Clears The Air On Parking Fees Claims
Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena has cleared the air on parking fees claim at Port Mua-i-Walu 2  raised by members of the public.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun, Mr Piyasena said he was concerned with how people were misinterpreting the term ‘parking fees’ at the wharf as the wharf was for its purpose and not a parking space.

“The number of ships that berth at the port has increased with the number of operators but the wharf space has not increased,” Mr Piyasena said

“People must understand that the wharf is a busy operational area,” he said.

“We have decided to charge vehicles parking at the wharf not to earn money but to discourage people from parking inside the wharf area.”

“Members of the public need to understand that we are not making money from parking fees; but we are discouraging people from parking there.

“There are only a few parking spaces available in the parking space area as traffic needs to flow on the wharf.

“Port users are reminded that the wharf area is mainly for passengers loading and offloading which must be carried out safely.

“Let’s think of the elderly and the disabled who find it hard to move around in a car congested port area to get onto their boat, it is necessary to keep the area clear for everyone’s convenience.”

However, he said for entrance fees they were charging a dollar to assist help them maintain the security services in the port area.

“We are just charging a dollar for entrance to cover for the security services,” he said.

“We have invested a lot of money in putting up the access control system, CCTV cameras and all that for the safety and security of the public and infrastructure.

“We maintain the waiting shed area and that is free of charge for port users and passengers.

“We have put a television set for the passengers’ convenience as they can watch TV while waiting and we are not charging a single cent from the public.

“Even the restrooms are maintained by FPCL.

“From FPCL end, we have invested in all these for social accessibility.”

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