Transportation

Taxi operators urged to provide 24 hour service

The Land Transport Authority (LTA)  is calling on the taxi industry to deliver twenty-four-hour service to the public. In a statement, LTA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Naisa Tuinaceva believes the taxi operators must adapt to the changing lifestyle in Fiji and provide the much-needed service rather than blaming illegal taxis for taking away their business. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 7, 2016 3:34 pm

The Land Transport Authority (LTA)  is calling on the taxi industry to deliver twenty-four-hour service to the public.

Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer Naisa Tuinaceva (Luke Nacei/Newswire).
Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer Naisa Tuinaceva. (Luke Nacei/Newswire).

In a statement, LTA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Naisa Tuinaceva believes the taxi operators must adapt to the changing lifestyle in Fiji and provide the much-needed service rather than blaming illegal taxis for taking away their business.

TUINACEVA: “Illegal taxis are doing the job of legal taxi operators because they are failing to meet the demand for service, especially after hours. There are adequate number of taxi permits available nationwide to cater for demand at all times, so we do not see any reason why the taxi industry should not be able to do its job.”

Valid taxi permits nationwide (6,019) :

  • 4,295 are being used in the Central Eastern
  • 1,264 are in the Western
  • 460 are in the Northern

Valid Minibus permits nationwide (322) :

  • 160 are being used in the Central Eastern
  • 158 are available in the Western

Rural Services Permit nationwide (424) :

  • 176 are based in the Central Eastern
  • 142 are being used in the Western

Mr Tuinaceva stressed that the Authority does not condone illegal operators although they are filling in the vacuum created by legal service providers.

TUINACEVA: “The public is forced to travel in illegal taxis because the legal ones are not around at all times. But it is quite risky for the public to travel in illegal taxis because these illegal taxis are driven by non PSV drivers, the illegal taxis are not insured, people are charged unregulated fare and also, we don’t know what sort of a person is driving an illegal taxi, the person could even be indulging in criminal activities, and that can prove dangerous to the public.”

Mr Tuinaceva said the Authority does not condone illegal operations and will continue to crackdown on such operators.

The Authority is also appealing to legal PSV operators who are operating illegal taxis to refrain from doing so as this is unfair on PSV operators who are operating within the boundaries of the system and are paying tax, third party and base fee.

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