Ministry addresses bus issues, says AG

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum making his presentation during the the Fiji Bus Operators Association Annual Convention at Novotel Lami yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

ACTING Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday admitted that issues pertaining to the e-ticketing system continues and Government is working to address the issue.This was after Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) president Richard Lal highlighted that the e-transport system continues to challenge bus operators and is a serious concern to them.

“Some stakeholders are not performing as anticipated. This is not acceptable as we are now in the 10th month of using the e-transport system and we still face issues and loss of revenue,” Mr Lal said.

“The bus industry is the only industry providing discounts to certain privileged groups and this must be reviewed.”

Mr Lal said it was also imperative for Government to continuously hold consultations with the association. In response, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the feedback they received had been that the system was working.

He, however, said when a new system was introduced, niggling issues should be expected.

“We have to persevere with it and the fact is of course there have been issues,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. “We’ve had some frank discussions with Vodafone and we’ve also had some very strong words with Vodafone in terms of topping up their service and hopefully you will see some changes in their system too.”

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