Drivers Eye Better Income During the Festive Season

Operators thankful for approval.
03 Nov 2021 11:56
Drivers Eye Better Income During the Festive Season
Labasa Van and Carrier Operators Association members at the Labasa carrier stand on November 2, 2021. Photo: Sampras Anand

The approval of temporary excess permits has come as a blessing for van and carrier operators in Labasa,  especially during Diwali and the approaching festive season. 

Labasa Van and Carriers Operators Association president, Samuel Jeet, said the approval of excess permits by the Land Transport Authority was timely considering the busy festive season when drivers were able to earn a stable income. 

Mr Jeet said initially 32 operators had applied for excess, however, only 19 had received their approval while the rest can expect to receive theirs in two weeks time. 

Mr Jeet said they would now be able to provide service to customers living in the rural areas where buses and taxis are hardly travelling because of poor road conditions. 

These permits will be renewed every two months at a fee of $17.50, however, Mr Jeet encouraged members this was less of a financial burden considering the hardships they faced prior to having no permit at all. 

Operators thankful for approval.

Carrier operator, Satish Lal, thanked the Government and the Land Transport Authority for the approval of the excess permit because it had given him hope and an opportunity to make a reasonable income during this busy period. 

Another operator, Amitesh Kumar, said the good news received was a sign of greater things to come for the association and appreciated the LTA for its timely assistance.

He will now be able to properly cater for his family’s basic daily needs during this year’s Diwali festivities. 


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