I can confirm that the bus industry is struggling - Abraham

I can confirm that the bus industry is struggling - Abraham

By Naveel Krishant / Violet Matakibau
Saturday 11/01/2020

The CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham says they have seen the finances of the bus operators and can confirm that the industry is struggling.

Abraham says the question is then what should be the quantum of relief that should be provided and that needs to be fairly assessed.

He says they will do it and not be rushed into it. 

Abraham further says they will follow due process.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Bus Operators Association says they are looking forward to a positive outcome for bus operators, the public and other stakeholders after their meeting with the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Association President, Nisar Ali Shah says a satisfactory resolution of the issue of a fare structure, frozen for more than a decade is now more urgent than ever to avert a potential full-scale collapse of the bus industry.

He says there is still much to do to fully resolve all of the issues that are confronting their industry before they are able to stabilise it and shift it back to a sustainable position urgently.

He says they would like to encourage all parties involved to take the positive tone and momentum established at the meeting and quickly move forward with it and secure a full resolution of all issues so that they might start 2020 on a positive footing and protect public service transport.

We have also sent questions to the Minister for Transport, Jone Usamate, who says he will look into the issues raised by the bus operators.

Fijivillage has also sent questions to LTA.

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