Travel problems – Frustration over public transportation

People walk towards Suva at the Nakasi checkpoint yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Chaos and frustration appeared to be the order of the day for some Fijians yesterday as they faced issues with public service transportation.

This, after Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong announced that people living on Viti Levu, who were outside of the six containment areas could travel into containment areas until 11pm today.

Fifteen-seater mini-vans were only allowed to transport eight passengers. Some passengers claimed they had to pay $25 to go to Nadi while others opted to travel by taxi and pay $50 per seat from Suva to Nadi.

A government statement sent after 3pm yesterday said movement would be permitted for private vehicles, taxis and pre-selected buses that operate at half capacity.

Minibuses would not be allowed to travel across containment area borders.

Dr Fong said they were tracking people who moved from containment zones to non-containment zones which they had forbidden.

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