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Illegal Taxi Drivers Frustrate Suva Cabbies

“I know that taxi business is slack because people are struggling with employment and looking an income for their families especially now with the pandemic.
07 Nov 2020 17:53
Illegal Taxi Drivers Frustrate Suva Cabbies
Taxi driver Rajeshwar Prasad at the Suva Bustand Stand taxi base on November 6, 2020. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

Illegal taxi drivers has become a concern among Suva base taxi drivers who say affect their daily earnings.

With over 30 years of taxi driving experience, Suva Bus Stand taxi base driver Rajeshwar Prasad said it was frustrating to see so many drivers converging to the capital city every day to get passengers.

“Majority of the taxis either deliberately park at non-parking zones or drive slowly through in order to get passengers,” Mr Prasad said.

“They have their fixed base but still come to Suva to look for jobs, this is affecting our daily income,” he said.

“We pay for our base, I am sure majority of these drivers have never operated from their base as most times when I take a job outside of the Suva city some taxi bases are usually empty.

“I know that taxi business is slack because people are struggling with employment and looking an income for their families especially now with the pandemic.

“But the law is law.

“If they are vacating their taxi base then the base should be given to others who want to operate from there.”

According to Mr Prasad they have raised their concerns with the Suva City Council.

“We are still waiting for the council to advise us.

“But then there are other authorities or there should be some system to control this,” he said.

Mr Prasad drives six days a week taking a break on Sundays.

“I have a lot of fixed customers, sometimes a customer may come and would be 70 cents short, but I just let it go because I trust them.

“We have established a trustworthy relationship that the next time the he or she boards the taxi, they will pay their debt.”

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