Lau­toka taxi prob­lem

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Narayan Reddy, Lau­toka Most taxis do not op­er­ate from their taxi bases around Lau­toka, even though they have bases al­lo­cated to them. One cannot find any taxis at Drasa Vi­togo even with a sign which clearly says that it is a taxi base; same can be said about a par­tic­u­lar club in Lau­toka where taxi per­mits and a base was made avail­able but no taxis can be seen at any­time. I was also in­formed about a par­tic­u­lar shop in To­muka whose owner has given many base let­ters to taxi own­ers and col­lect fees ev­ery month from them but the taxis are never parked at the al­lo­cated base. This is cor­rup­tion be­cause the base per­mit is given for these taxis to op­er­ate from a par­tic­u­lar area and once it’s ap­proved the taxi’s all run­away to town, no won­der you see pri­vate and il­le­gal taxi busi­ness thriv­ing in Lau­toka. It’s about time LTA did some­thing about this sit­u­a­tion or maybe the taxi union can give us a bet­ter ex­pla­na­tion?

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