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Taxi Association Members Call On LTA To Revoke Permits

Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Ashwin Ashish Lal says there are discussions among members for the Land Transport Authority to revoke taxi permits of those operators who gave false information.
07 Nov 2019 14:20
Taxi Association Members Call On LTA To Revoke Permits
The Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Ashwin Ashish Lal (third from left), with other taxi drivers from Rakiraki. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Ashwin Ashish Lal says there are discussions among members for the Land Transport Authority to revoke taxi permits of those operators who gave false information.

Mr Lal said this was after the Civil High Court ordered that the Land Transport Authority consult the association when issuing taxi permits for Nadi and Lautoka zones. The ruling was delivered by Judge Justice Deepthi Amaratunga on October 31.

The court orders are:

A declaration that defendant needs to carry out consultation with all stakeholders including and not limiting to the plaintiff, other taxi before making any future determination for new Taxi Permit Quota and open base system.

  • A declaration that defendant failed to consult plaintiff and or other taxi permit holders for their views and feedback on the need of new Taxi Permit Quota and open base system in lieu to the current traffic congestion around Nadi and Lautoka Zone.
  • Cost of this application to borne by each party.

“It was an issue with the open base and the zone system where the permits being given had no consultations and the judgment was in favour of the Fiji Taxi Association,” Mr Lal said.

“Our next step is to talk to the LTA, We hope they will understand all our problems to revoke permits of those operators in Nadi and Lautoka, who gave false information.”

He said those found breaching the regulations for taxi permits should be penalised.

Mr Lal said there were permit holders earning revenue despite not paying taxi base fees or business licences.

“While those who applied long before still got no permits. I think the barrel system is not right, because these are public service vehicles, so why is the barrel draw only for taxis. It should be reverted to how we used to do it,” he said.

The LTA chief executive officer Samuel Simpson said the LTA placed pressure on the Fiji Police Force for the prosecution of all cases of proven false declarations.

“On the discovery of false information being furnished to the authority in pursuit of taxi permit, they will be reported to Police and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority as well as FICAC for prosecution under the Crimes Act 2009,” he said.

Edited by Pery Kean

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