Bus fare discounts total $20m

Buses line-up at the Suva bus station. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) today revealed its estimate of the cost of bus fare discounts to the industry, totaling approximately $20million a year.

And FBOA president Richard Lal said the industry wanted this to be reviewed because the current arrangement was not achieving the desired results in assisting the needy.

In his official address at the association’s annual convention underway today at the Novotel in Lami, Mr Lal said their average monthly total transaction or trip was in excess of nine million.

And that he said excluded any free travel because of malfunctions of the e-ticketing system, students who may have lost or misplaced their card, and the unruly.

He said that figure confirmed the key role buses played in the lives of people at large.

Mr Lal also outlined available data on the total average monthly transactions/trips that consisted of:

          More than six million full fare paying adult customers;

          406,000 over 60 years paying 50 per cent fare; many of who are gainfully employed;

          71,000 disposable cards;

          50,000 exempt disabled travelling free;

          500,000 adult students non-subsidised students paying 50 per cent fare

          250,000 student child non-subsidised adult students at 50 per cent fare

          733,434 subsidised child students at 50 per cent fare.

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