The Fiji Bus Operators Association calls on the Fiji Labour Party, to stop politicizing its request for a review of bus fares, and making selective comments without knowing the facts.
The Labour Party referred to the last fare increase in 2009, and the reaction back then from certain sectors, claiming the increase was heavily loaded, in favor of the bus operators.
The Association says in a statement – that the FLP’s comments only distract from the central issue, which is that bus operators are struggling to sustain increase in the cost of doing business, on a decade-old fare structure.
The current first stage fare is 68 cents, and the first stage fare equates to about 11 cents per kilometer.
The 2009 Orion report by independent consultants appointed by the Land Transport Authority – acknowledged that bus fares in Fiji were comparatively low, compared to countries similar to Fiji’s socio-economic standards.
Based on recent ‘e-ticketing’ data – on average, the bus industry provides about $30 million a year, in subsidies for the traveling public. This does not include the cost of travel, for people with disabilities.