Reforms Lead To Efficient, Reliable Services
The Minister for Local Government, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala confirmed in Parliament yesterday that the Taxi Industry Reforms includes the demarcation of 34 identified transport zones. Responding to questions raised by SODELPA Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro, Mr Bala said the initiative was undertaken by the Government through the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to improve and modernise services within Fiji’s taxi industry.
Mr Bala said the initiative was part of the recent Taxi Industry Reform.
A key focus of the ministry in line with the recent amendment to the Land Transport (Public Service Vehicle) Amendment Regulations 2017.
“This reform includes the demarcation of 34 identified transport zones developed with the intention of improving transport access to meet the increasing customer demand for efficient and reliable taxi services,” he said.
“The introduction of transport zones will improve customer services in terms of taxi availability, service reliability, reduce waiting time and more importantly reduce the oversupply of taxi services in one particular area or corridor which also contributes to traffic congestions.
“There have been cases where some taxi operators are operating in other areas, away from the bases they were given thus depriving their customers accessible and reliable taxi services.”
Mr Kumar said the purpose of zone coding number plates would ensure transparency and assist enforcement operations. “These zonal plates will enable enforcement officers to easily identify and monitor taxis operating within a zone,” he said. “Previously we had some legal taxis touting in other areas well away from their demarcated stands and bases thus depriving their customers an accessible and reliable taxi service.” He said the Zone Coding approved method involved having a two digit prefix generated by shortening the name of the particular zone followed by four numerical digits. “For example, A taxi running in the Suva zone will have plate numbers in the format; SU0001, SU0002, SU0003, etc. These plates would be printed in black on different coloured plates for different divisons,” he said
From left, Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu, Local Government Minister Parveen Bala and Opposition MP Jioseva Dulakiverata outside Parliament on May 17, 2018.