Fiji's Consumer Council has requested the government to ignore Fiji Taxi Association requests on rebates for new taxis and vehicle parts.
Council chief executive Premila Kumar said in a statement the FTA is playing the same old tactics by requesting for the rebate following the fuel increase.
Kumar said this demand came in just six months after taxi services were granted almost 100 per cent taxi fare increases.t
She said taxpayers' money should not be used to give FTA rebates.
She said the FTA needs to grow out of the handout mentality and provide the public with the deserved service.
She said the FTA should also get serious and prove itself as a good and reliable service provider and live up to the expectations of the traveling public.
FTA president Vincent Singh said the rebate is to help them to keep their costs down as they won’t be able to ask for another fare increase over the next few years based on their agreement with the government.
By Mereani Gonedua