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COVID-19: ‘Taxis Not Exempt From Curfew’

Taxi drivers are not exempted when it comes to the restriction of movement announced by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament last Friday.
30 Mar 2020 10:27
COVID-19: ‘Taxis Not Exempt From Curfew’
Taxi drivers based at the Labasa Market waiting for passengers on March 29, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Taxi drivers in Fiji must adhere to the nationwide curfew from today, says Fiji Taxi Association vice president Mahendra Pratap Singh.

He said taxi drivers are not exempted when it comes to the restriction of movement announced by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament last Friday.

Although there is no public transport available after 10pm, workers can make arrangements with their employers which is rightful, said the Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum, Mr Singh said.

“I am urging taxi drivers to not even drive one or two minutes past 10pm.

“If you are working for a company or driving a taxi for someone, tell your employer before 10pm that you have to be home,” he said.

“Try to work during the day if you are worried about making money. If anyone is sick, they can contact the hospital or Police to seek transportation arrangement.

“For those taxi drivers in the Northern Division, please be mindful of the restriction from 10pm to 5am,” he said.

“Please do not break the law.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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