Big hike in taxi busi­ness de­lights driv­ers

Post-Win­ston FNPF scheme pay­out brings in more cus­tomers

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - ARI­ETA VAKA­SUKAWAQA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki Feed­back: ari­eta.vaka­sukawaqa@fi­

Taxi driv­ers have seen a hike in their busi­nesses af­ter peo­ple re­ceived the Fiji Na­tional Prov­i­dent Fund cy­clone relief as­sis­tance last month. The Fiji Sun news team yes­ter­day spoke to a few driv­ers along the Suva-Nau­sori cor­ri­dor. Among them was 57-year-old Hem Raj of Bure Taxis Base in Ta­mavua, he said few days af­ter the batch of cy­clone relief as­sis­tance fund was re­leased by FNPF, he had seen an in­crease in busi­ness. “Be­fore I used to get around $60 to $70 a day but now I am able to get around more than $100 a day. This has also ben­e­fited us. “In a day I usu­ally come across seven to eight pas­sen­gers in a day, but now it had in­creased to around 20 pas­sen­gers in the day. This is only from the morn­ing till the af­ter­noon and dur­ing the night we usu­ally get around more than 30 pas­sen­gers,” he said.

An­other taxi driver, Wil­lie Lee said they had ben­e­fited from the scheme. “Just imag­ine in a few hours we are re­ceiv­ing this much money and what about shop­keep­ers, night­clubs and ho­tels. “In a day I usu­ally have 15 pas­sen­gers but now it’s more than 30,” he said. Naikava Taxi stand driver Ab­d­hul Ma­man of Nadera also shared the same sen­ti­ments. “I am re­ally happy. Busi­ness now is so much bet­ter than what we used to get dur­ing Christ­mas last year. I used to get around $80 a day but now I am nail­ing $250 a day.

“I have a fam­ily to look af­ter; these earn­ings has re­ally helped me in fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing my fam­ily,” he said. Nishar Ali, 57, said it had kept them busy and now they are al­ways look­ing for­ward to work­ing ev­ery day.

“It’s a cir­cle, if they have money then we will also ben­e­fit from it and this en­cour­aged us to work hard. “Be­fore I used to earn around $50 to $70 in a day but now I am get­ting around $100 to $150. This is so much bet­ter than what we get dur­ing Christ­mas,” he said.

Ab­dul Ma­man

Wil­lie Lee

Hem Raj

Nishar Ali

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