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Bus operators under spotlight

Manasa Kalouniviti
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

THE rainy weather led to the poor turnout at the Independent Bus Fare Review Committee consultation at Valelevu grounds on Monday.

Committee chairman Joel Abraham said the consultations were about whether to increase or decrease the bus fares.

"Members of the public are supposed to come up with genuine proposals supported by reasons on whether to increase or decrease the bus fares," Mr Abraham said.

He said the two most important people in this bus fare issue were the travelling public and of course the bus operators who were represented on the committee by the president of the Fiji Bus Operators Association.

Committee member and Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Ariff Ali said: "It's all a matter of economics because you have to consider affordability on the part of the consumers and of course you have to consider the operators as well."

Meanwhile, some bus operators around the country have come under the spotlight after the issue of poor bus conditions were raised by members of the public in bus fare consultations held in the Western and Northern divisions.

"Deteriorating bus conditions had topped the list and is a major concern for bus commuters in Nadi, Lautoka, Rakiraki, Ba and Tavua and issues remain indistinguishable and identical from concerns raised from the Western and Northern divisions," Mr Abraham said.

Concerns were also raised on the attitude of drivers towards passengers and certain incidences where passengers paid different amounts bus fares for the same stage.

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