LTA urges Nausori taxi drivers to post photos of pirate taxis on Viber group

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There are about 114 private vehicles operating as pirate taxis, Nausori Taxi Association Secretary General Rup Narayan said during a meeting with stakeholders, LTA, police and Nausori City Council at Nausori club yesterday.


Taxi operator Salesh Prasad (middle) expressed his concern as Fiji Taxi Union Nausori branch operators met with representatives of the LTA, Police and Nausori City Council during their consultation on June 8, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Land Transport Authority has advised members of the Nausori Taxi Association to create a Viber group and share photos of private vehicles operating as pirate taxis.

This is after taxi drivers complained about the rise of illegal taxi operators taking away their business.

There are approximately 114 private vehicles operating as pirate taxis, Nausori Taxi Association General Secretary Rup Narayan said during a meeting with stakeholders, LTA, police and Nausori City Council at the Nausori club yesterday.

A fine of $500 applies to private taxis.

Mr Narayan said the reason for the meeting was to highlight their grievances and issues regarding the classification of open taxis and private taxis.

There are 300 taxis operating in the area.

“Nausori is a big area, and these private taxis come from all over to pick up most of the business,” Mr Narayan said.

“It’s not the taxi drivers’ fault that we charge passengers $15 when private taxis charge $9.”

“We charge passengers on the taximeter.”

Other issues highlighted:
– The association also asked LTA to review the open ranking system.

– Increase police presence as there have been a number of incidents where drivers have been threatened by passengers and the public.

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