LTA Probes Taxi Per­mit Trans­fer

Fiji Taxis As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Rishi Ram has re­quested the Min­is­ter of Trans­port to re­verse all self-made laws as to safe guard the taxi and hire care in­dus­tries.

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The Fiji Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Rish Ram has re­quested the Min­is­ter of Trans­port to safe­guard taxi and hire car in­dus­tries as op­er­a­tors have in­vested a large amount of their sav­ings into their ve­hi­cles “We humbly re­quest for the Min­is­ter of Trans­port to re­verse all such self-made laws as to safe guard the taxi and hire care in­dus­tries at large be­fore it breaks down as taxi op­er­a­tors have in­vested large amount of their sav­ings to get their ve­hi­cle LTA stan­dard,” Mr Ram said. The as­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing for an­swers in re­la­tions to trans­fer of Per­mit on Old Age grounds. Mr Ram said the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity no longer en­ter­tained the trans­fer of Pub­lic Service Ve­hi­cle per­mits on the ground of old age; 60 years and over. “LTA reg­u­la­tion states that the per­mit could be trans­ferred on the side grounds and ever since the for­ma­tion of LTA, hun­dreds of such trans­fer had been done ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

“So far un­der the old age reg­u­la­tion, PSV op­er­a­tors had trans­ferred their per­mits to their im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers or to any­one just by pro­duc­ing their birth cer­tifi­cates to the au­thor­ity as stated in the reg­u­la­tion. “Un­der this new con­cept, the owner will have to pay a large fee to ob­tain med­i­cal re­port.” He said there was a large num­ber of per­mit hold­ers de­spite reach­ing 60 years who were phys­i­cally fit and would not be in a po­si­tion to get re­tire­ment which they had dreamed of if this con­tin­ued. The Fiji Sun team con­tacted LTA au­thor­i­ties who did not wish to com­ment on this is­sue un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tions were com­pleted.

Taxi op­er­a­tors in­vest large amounts of their sav­ings to get their ve­hi­cle LTA stan­dards.

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