Fiji bus operators propose interim fare structure

Buses parked at the Suva bus terminal. Picture: FT FILE

AN interim measure of increasing fares for the first four stages around the country has been proposed by the Fiji Bus Operators Association.

At least, the association says this is where a majority of bus companies incur operational costs.

FBOA general secretary Rohit Latchan said at present, passengers were only paying $0.68 for the first stage that covered 6km, and it cost less than a loaf of bread.

The association has proposed that:

  • Stage one fare to be set at $1;
  • Stage two at $1.30;
  • Stage three – $1.70; and
  • Stage four to be set at $2.

Mr Latchan said all other stages to remain unchanged until a final determination on fares were made by the authorities.

He said bus operators had been more than reasonable for the past decade and it was time regulators acted fairly.

A full report on this article is published in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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