Remain relevant, A-G advises bus operators

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and FBOA executive members Viren Kewal and Ajit Singh. Picture: TIMOCI VULA

FIJI’S Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told members of the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) that their challenge was to remain relevant considering today’s advancement of technology and changes in demographic in society.

In his presentation to the FBOA annual convention today, lasting almost an hour, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum narrowed it down to the message that bus operators needed to be able to understand their market and their target audience.

He referred to the latest census data noting that 50 per cent of the population were below the age of 27 years, and 70 per cent below the age of 40.

The A-G cited examples of buses with windows and without, buses with wifi and those without, and asked which of the respective options would certain age groups of the travelling public opt for.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also mentioned the e-ticketing system and that they had had some strong words with Vodafone Fiji being the sole console provider of e-Transport, and the need for the service provider to “up their services”.

He said work was also being done at present to introduce the tap on, tap off system, that with the help of the GPS will ensure the deduction of the accurate fare for the respective destination.

And with the 2018/2019 national budget around the corner, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also urged bus operators and the association to make their submissions to the budget consultations.

More in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.

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