Beware Of Taxi Permit Scams, LTA Warns

Fiji’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has issued a strong warning to the public, urging them to remain vigilant and not fall victim to individuals posing as LTA officers offering taxi permits.

LTA’s Acting Chief Executive Irimaia Rokosawa said that these individuals have no connection to the LTA.

“Furthermore, LTA wishes to advise that it is not processing taxi permit applications at the moment, as a review of the current legislation and quota system for taxi permit allocations is underway. However, the processing of LH, LR, LM, and LC permits is open at LTA Offices,” Rokosawa said.

He further said that the processing of taxi permit applications is temporarily suspended as a comprehensive review of the current legislation and quota system for taxi permit allocations is currently underway.

However, applications for LH (Hire), LR (Rental), LM (Minibus), and LC (Carrier) permits are still being processed at LTA Offices.

“The recent lifting of the freeze on Public Service Vehicles (PSV) permits by Cabinet this month applies to LH (Hire), LR (Rental), LM (Minibus), and LC (Carrier). This aligns with LTA’s commitment to promoting fair distribution of PSV permits to foster equal economic participation. It is unfortunate that some individuals are taking advantage of this initiative to engage in illegal activities and scams, offering taxi permits to unsuspecting members of the public.”

He reiterated that all LTA services and fee payments are conducted at LTA offices, not elsewhere or by individuals.

The LTA, Rokosawa says, will not assume responsibility for any illegal activities facilitated by these impersonators.

“Should anyone be approached by such individuals, the public is asked to immediately report the incident to the police and the LTA, where possible criminal investigations and charges could be applied should an individual be found engaged in these illegal activities and taxi permit scams.”

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