COVID-19: Navua taxi drivers struggle to make ends meet

Taxi drivers wait for passengers at their taxi base in Navua Town. Picture: ROHIT DEO

Taxi drivers in Navua are struggling to make ends meet.

Taxi drivers spokesperson Jiten Sharma said their daily income had come to an all-time low of approximately $25 a day.

Mr Sharma said normally, they would be earning around $80 on a daily basis.

“From this, drivers would take out contract money, fuel expenses and the leftover would be our income,” he said.

He added that some taxi owners were understanding of the situation and had reduced the contract amount.

“Some owners who were giving vehicles on a contract of $250 weekly have come down to $150. Some owners didn’t want to reduce the contract amount, which has forced drivers to park the vehicles.”

He said majority of taxi drivers did not have FNPF accounts and they could not be assisted by the Government via the FNPF relief assistance, and even worse that they did not fall in the containment zones to access lockdown relief assistance.

 

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