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Minister calls on PSV drivers to dress appropriately

June 27, 2019 8:35 am

No round-neck tee shirts, hats, flip flops or slippers.

The Transport Ministry is calling on taxi drivers to adhere to the dress code stipulated under the Public Service Vehicle code of conduct.

Minister Jone Usamate says taxi drivers are providing service to the public every day and it’s important they look and act the part.

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A dress code formulated by the Land Transport Authority in 2010 for PSV drivers is still effective but most taxi drivers are not complying.

“They should be dressed appropriately and need to treat people courteously. They must put their passengers’ needs before their own. I mean I’ve been in taxis where it’s blaring out loud and the buses so noisy.”

Suva taxi driver, Ajay Avinesh says passengers have raised complaints about the inappropriate dressing of drivers in the past – which is still an issue.

 “It’s important that drivers are always in a proper uniform which should be neat and tidy. It’s what the law says.”

Nausori Taxi driver Lawrence Singh says their attire speaks volumes of the service they provide.

“You have to look like a professional driver to cater for public services. The passengers depend on us going to one destination to another.”

Fijians have also highlighted to FBC News the need for PSV drivers to dress decently and provide services in a positive manner.

The PSV code of conduct of 2010 also states drivers are not to wear beanies, chokers and facial piercings to name a few.

The Land Transport Authority, which is the enforcement body, have been sent questions on the issue.

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