Bus operators met with the Minister of Transport, Hon. Faiyaz Koya, on 18 June 2020, to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector and how these can be mitigated to enable the industry to continue to serve the travelling public.
In the first meeting of its kind with the minister responsible for the transport sector, members of the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) met with Hon. Koya to highlight issues that needed to be addressed urgently and how these could potentially be resolved.
FBOA President Mr Nisar Ali Shah said: “Like other sectors in Fiji and across the world, we have experienced the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the bus industry has been hit hard.
“We thank the minister for taking the time to meet with us and listen to our concerns with genuine interest.
While we are confronting many issues, we have also put forward potential solutions for the minister to consider.
“We are committed to working with the government to develop ways to alleviate the financial pressure on the bus industry during this period to ensure the travelling public continue to be served.
Last week’s meeting was the first time any transport minister has convened a meaningful meeting with the bus operators, and they are looking forward to working with the minister to ensure the progress of the industry.
FBOA executives discussed how they could support the government and regulatory agencies to ensure the two-thirds of people who use bus services every day remain unaffected.