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Taxi operators urged to provide safer services

October 8, 2018 12:51 am

Between January first and October fifth this year, 44 taxi drivers were arrested for drunk driving in the country.

During the Fiji Taxi Association Labasa branch AGM meeting, Divisional Police Commander North SSP Eparama Waqa says that taxi drivers need to be careful while on the road.

“Speeding infringements involving taxi drivers for the same period, a total of 14,495 infringement notices were recorded. The Southern Division recorded the highest with 6, 583, followed by Western Division with 4,363, then the Eastern Division with 2,673 and the North recorded 876 bookings. Some of these were repeat offenders.”

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Out of 44 taxi drivers arrested for drunk driving, 14 were from the Southern Division while 11 were from the East and six from the North.

Waqa says as public service providers, the drivers are bound to protect the life of the people they serve.

“But the mere fact that we have taxi drivers who whilst in the course of providing services were arrested for these offences, warrants urgent attention by your members because it goes against PSV codes of conduct and the law of the land.”

President for Fiji Taxi Association Labasa Branch Mahendra Singh says while they face many issues, they will work at improving the services for the people in the North.

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