A PUBLIC consultation needs to take place between the LTA, bus operators and the business community before any decision is made on the extension of bus service hours in Labasa.
Responding to calls from the public in Labasa about the issue, LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said they needed to gauge whether there was a genuine need to extend bus service hours.
"We will facilitate and it will require the concerted consent of the relevant stakeholders," he said.
"We will always be prepared to facilitate, if it involves the efficiency and the need to provide extended mobility hours for the general public.
"LTA Labasa had met people who had personally expressed their concerns about extending bus service hours."
Mr Sokia said the extension of bus hour services would boost economic activities because people would have transport to return home late.
"Concurrently, on the business side, operating hours would also be extended as well because there are people who would take their time to do their shopping and visit the market.
"It's a chain reaction and the concerns are quite genuine, therefore LTA believes the issue raised can be facilitated."
An academic in Labasa earlier raised the issue on the need to extend bus service hours to boost the economy in Labasa Town.
Fiji Buses Operators Association vice president Parmod Chand said they had tried the idea with no promising results.