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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 3, 2008) – Members of the Fiji Taxi Union (FTU) met this morning to discuss the recent increase in fuel and gas prices.

FTU general secretary Rishi Ram said they had agreed to demand an increase in the waiting charges and drop distance from the Ministry of Transport.

Ram said they would ask the interim Minister for Transport Timoci Natuva to consider their earlier submission.

He said they would not request an increase in the flag fall rate as this had already been approved following an earlier submission by the FTU.

"If these increases are not granted the taxi industry will surely collapse," said Ram.

He said taxi drivers could not bear the pinch anymore.

The FTU seeks an increase in waiting charge from 10 cents every two minutes to 10 cents per minute instead.

They are also seeking an increase of 10 cents per 100 meters in drop distance compared to the current 10 cents per 200 meters traveled.

Ram is adamant there will be a response to their submission saying any failure to respond by the Ministry concerned and the Land Transport Authority will force them to consider other courses of action.

While he did not elaborate on the course of action they may pursue, Ram says he looks forward to a meeting with Natuva and LTA chief executive officer Etuate Koroi.

Ram says they are expecting a further increase in fuel prices from July 1.


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