Minister for Transport Ro Filipe Tuisawau says drivers who are illegally operating as taxi drivers are satisfying the demand from the public.
Speaking in Parliament, Tuisawau said this is due to taxis not running after hours and these operators are available – people call them from the communities or in their neighbourhoods.
Tuisawau said where there is a freeze in the distribution of permits, the Ministry is determined to regulate this grey area.
He says this is taking a bit of time but the aim is to complete the process in a holistic manner, instead of a piece meal base.
“The Ministry is definitely looking at this because they are satisfying public demand but of course measures need to be put in place to meet the standards by Public Service Vehicles, course training which they will need to adhere to,” Tuisawau said.
The Ministry is also looking at mix systems, where taxis can operate from the base and the open – this is to cater for those who are coming to drop but not to operate near those bases.
He added that this needs to be rationalised to have this option and not to crowd out those who are based in the municipal bases.
“I acknowledge that it is an ongoing problem and as an institution, that is where the PSV training comes, in terms of public service,” he added.