THE 52 registered bus companies in the north have vowed to work with the Land Transport Authority as they welcomed the use of e-ticket machines.
Speaking during the e-ticketing official launch at Hotel Takia over the weekend, Fiji Bus Operators Association vice president Pramod Chand said the change heralded a new era for bus companies around the country.
Mr Chand described the official launch of the e-ticketing program as a milestone.
"This is an incentive of government and we bus operators fully support its efforts in moving the bus transport industry forward to par with the advanced technological era that we encounter and this will also ensure efficiency and compatibility is maintained," he said.
"Fiji has the lowest bus fare rates and therefore reduces the chances of companies' profitability.
"Poor road conditions, with the north having some of the worst conditions in the country is something that needs to be considered as we attempt to keep our bus conditions up to par despite the low profitability of our companies.
"We have the industry at heart and we believe the system will also usher in transparency," he said.
Mr Chand said bus operators in the north looked forward to seeing the system move forward.
Vodafone Fiji head of corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad lauded the support from the bus operators, saying they have been the only ones to fully support the e-ticketing project.