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Don’t Overcharge Tourists, Taxi Drivers Warned

The Fiji Taxi Association’s general secretary, Ashwin Ashish Lal, has told operators in Nadi that any reports of tourists being overcharged would not be tolerated. The warning came after Nadi
09 Jan 2020 09:55
Don’t Overcharge Tourists, Taxi Drivers Warned
Members of the Fiji Taxi Association Nadi during the forum meeting at the Nadi Civic Centre on January 8, 2020. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Fiji Taxi Association’s general secretary, Ashwin Ashish Lal, has told operators in Nadi that any reports of tourists being overcharged would not be tolerated.

The warning came after Nadi and Sigatoka Town Councils Board of Special Administrators chairperson, Debra Sadranu, highlighted the numerous complaints made by tourists.

“That is the law – if taxis are overcharging they need to be taken to task and customers should report them to the authorities,” Mr Lal said yesterday during the Nadi Town and International Airport Fiji Taxi Association members meeting at the Nadi Civic Centre.

Fiji Taxi  Association General Secretary Ashwin Ashish Lal speaks during  Fiji Taxi Association  Nadi members  forum meeting at the Nadi Civic centre on January 18, 2020.Photo: Salote Qalubau

Fiji Taxi Association General Secretary Ashwin Ashish Lal speaks during Fiji Taxi Association Nadi members forum meeting at the Nadi Civic centre on January 18, 2020.Photo: Salote Qalubau

He also said the conduct and attire of some taxi drivers were a concern.

“We have seen some taxi drivers dressed badly with nose rings, three-quarter pants, earrings and it shows a bad attitude in the taxi industry, which is not allowed on the code of conduct because as a taxi driver we must look professional,” he said.

Ms Sadranu said tourists made complaints about taxi drivers not turning on their taxi meters.

“They’re not using their meters, and they overcharging them. We understand that times are hard and people need to put food on the table, but they must comply and they must be ethical,” she said.

There were more than 600 taxis for the Nadi area with 450 zone one and zone two taxis.

Business fee reduction

Ms Sadranu said the 50 per cent reduction in business licence fees should encourage drivers to pay the amount rather than operate illegally.

Nadi and Sigatoka Town Councils Board of Special Administrators Chairperson Debra Sadranu during the  Fiji Taxi Association Nadi members forum meeting at the Nadi Civic centre on January 18,2020.Photo: Salote Qalubau

Nadi and Sigatoka Town Councils Board of Special Administrators Chairperson Debra Sadranu during the Fiji Taxi Association Nadi members forum meeting at the Nadi Civic centre on January 18,2020.Photo: Salote Qalubau

“The ministry has actually offered a 50 per cent reduction on business licences in 2020.

“That in itself should encourage business taxi drivers to come forward and ensure that they have a business licence. You know they have to comply and they have to be legal,” she said.

Ms Sadranu said compliance remained an issue for most taxi operators, highlighting that many taxi drivers operating were not registered nor had a business licence.

As for space, Ms Sadranu said they need to look at zoning taxi bases, and make sure that there was enough scope there to meet the demand.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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