Taxi driv­ers

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Senivesi Lutu, Labasa Can taxi driv­ers re­ject to take you if you are go­ing a short dis­tance? On Satur­day 09/07/16, at around 1.40pm we ap­proached a taxi at Nam­bawan Su­per­mar­ket, Labasa, reg­is­tra­tion LT1802, we got in, there was four of us – three adults and a three-year-old girl, when we told the taxi to take us to Labasa Col­lege, he said we were over­load­ing the cab and that only four peo­ple should be in a taxi. Now my whole life there has been 4 adults and some­times more than one child trav­el­ling in a taxi, but we still pass through Po­lice or LTA check points if they are on pa­trol but on this day the taxi driver tells us that it’s over­loaded. So we walked to RB Pa­tel Su­per­mar­ket hop­ing to catch a taxi there. We ap­proached the first taxi LT6142 at the taxi base at RB Pa­tel, but he sim­ply told us that he can­not go. We then ap­proached an­other taxi SUNBIRD LT3858 who told us that he was wait­ing for his mother. They both did not want to take us since we told them first-hand to take us to Labasa Col­lege. We waited for a while at RB Pa­tel try­ing to mon­i­tor LT3858 since he said he was wait­ing for his mother. We got on an­other taxi and the driver was happy to take us to our des­ti­na­tion. Now what’s the point of hav­ing a Taxi per­mit if the driver only chooses his /her cus­tomers or which runs he/she will make?

A taxi is also a pub­lic ve­hi­cle to serve the pub­lic’s needs, so th­ese three taxis do not de­serve a place at the taxi stand?

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