Fiji Time: 2:41 PM on Tuesday 17 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Boost for rural riders

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, March 06, 2014

RA provincial administrator Kelepi Kubunameca has introduced a two-pronged approach to rural service licencing (RSL) to solve villagers' transportation and income woes.

He has mooted the idea of villagers obtaining their own carriers through loans from the Fiji Development Bank to transport school children — and use the government bus fare scheme to help pay off the loans.

"I brought this option up at the tikina council meeting and will put it on the agenda again at the provincial meeting on March 10," he said.

Public transport has long been an issue of the tikina of Saivou, Nalawa and Nakorotubu because of road conditions and the existence of only one bus operator.

Mr Kubunameca said it was time to inject new ideas into the picture.

"The RSL is for carrier drivers and mini bus operators to transport people from rural areas to towns.

"This can be an income-generating project for villagers under which they can access loans from FDB through our endorsement and also use the current bus fare subsidy for school children to help pay off their loans."

Mr Kubunameca said the government had allocated $1.60 per student per day in bus fare subsidies and this could be diverted towards carrier drivers who cart between 30 and 50 students daily through many villages to schools.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63860.6196
JPY 55.897952.8979
GBP 0.40050.3925
EUR 0.45630.4443
NZD 0.68890.6559
AUD 0.65100.6260
USD 0.48630.4693

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Brief showers forecast
  2. Convicted Thai surrenders travel documents
  3. Breaking barriers
  4. Reddy: No new reforms
  5. Jannat beats cancer
  6. Wheels on roads
  7. Kings join the race
  8. Regional security on forum agenda
  9. Dangerous crossing
  10. Power supply for all schools, says minister

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tragic end to village trip Wednesday (11 Jan)
  2. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  3. Barber opens new $75k investment Friday (13 Jan)
  4. Ryan wasn't a choice Wednesday (11 Jan)
  5. Police investigate officer's testimony Friday (13 Jan)
  6. Tractor to help farmers overcome labour shortage Friday (13 Jan)
  7. Kinoya sinkhole discovery, traffic restricted Thursday (12 Jan)
  8. Institution faces probe Friday (13 Jan)
  9. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  10. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)