The Fiji Bus Operators Association calls on politicians to get their facts right before making policy statements on the bus industry that have the potential to impact the travelling public.
The call comes after the Fiji Labour Party suggested they would reduce bus fares by removing VAT of 9 per cent if they are elected to government.
“Bus fares are already zero-rated for VAT, which simply means that VAT is not charged on bus fares.
Therefore bus fares will not go down so they should stop misleading people,” says Rohit Latchan, FBOA’s general secretary.
The last time bus fares changed was in August 2009 and since then there have been rises in operational costs, and costs associated with the modernisation and replacement of bus fleets and the introduction of electronic ticketing.
For nearly a decade, bus operators have been fighting rising costs.
“Bus operators are urging politicians not to politicise the bus industry as they comprise privately-owned companies, operating under strict laws and regulations while doing their best to serve the people of Fiji,” Latchan said