THE road condition in the district of Saqani has been blamed for the interrupted bus services over the past three weeks.
Parmod Buses Ltd and Vishnu Holdings Ltd director Parmod Chand said the road was in a bad condition and buses could not travel to the Saqani area.
He said the buses would resume services if the road condition was improved.
LTA regional manager North Isoa Tawakevou concurred and said the condition was not good.
He said buses were in good conditions but the roads were not, which had caused problems to the buses.
Good road conditions were noticeable only from Labasa to Saqani and Saqani to Savusavu.
The road was in a condition that could at least be serviced by buses.
Compared to other trips made by The Fiji Times team along the same road, the condition of road seen last week was much better than on previous trips made.
A team from road contractors, Fair Deal, was in Saqani area inspecting the roads.
The team said they had been informed about bus services ceasing in the area.
The buses, which used to make trips from Savusavu to Labasa through Saqani and from Labasa to Vanuavou in Saqani no longer made those trips.
The buses from Labasa only reach Wainigadru Village in the district of Tawake while the buses from Savusavu only reach Vanuavou.
Villagers have expressed concern over the situation because they paid as much as $80 to hire a carrier from Wainigadru to Lakeba Village.
Sakiusa Rogocake, a church worker said he was blessed to have had a friend pick him up from Wainigadru Village last week.
"My friend only charged me $60 from there to Lakeba. If it was another driver, the normal charge is $80 and it's expensive," Mr Rogocake said.
He said sometimes villagers helped one another pay for the carrier travel cost to ease their burden.