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Nair, Taunovo Invest In New Buses

Nair, Taunovo Invest In New Buses
Carpenters Motors General Manager Nicholas Ling hands over the bus keys to the Director of Nairs Transport Co.Ltd Ritesh Nair on July 19,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
July 20
11:33 2018

Nair’s Transport and Taunovo Bus Company continue to invest in new buses to meet a growing demand for public transportation.

Nair’s Transport Company Limited yesterday received two buses and Taunovo Bus Company received an aircon coach from Carpenters Motors.

Built and designed in Fiji by P.A Lal Coachwork, the Isuzu buses are built for the Fiji weather and road.

Nair’s Transport director Ritesh Nair said the investment was just over $500,000.

“We will be using these buses on the Davuilevu housing and Nakasi route, as the population in these areas is growing rapidly and we needed new buses to improve our services,” Mr Nair said.

Mr Nair also said they were facing a lot of challenges but that things were getting better.

“The roads are better than before but there are a few areas where roads need to be improved,” he said.

“The operation costs are high, like the price of fuel is rising, the spare parts are expensive and the wages of the drivers.”

He has asked the people to take responsibility and treat the buses as their own since the rate of vandalism and graffiti is rising.

The bus company now has more than 30 buses operating daily.

Taunovo Bus Company managing director Dhirendra Singh said they now had a total of 22 buses servicing the Suva, Navua, Pacific Harbour and Serua Island routes.

“We have invested just over $300,000 for this aircon coach,” he said.

Though prices of fuel and other operational cost are rising day by day, we continue to invest so that the people can have access to better and comfortable buses.”

He also said the road conditions are poor, especially from Suva to Navua and it is very depressing since the spare parts price is rising.

“The road conditions are better in the rural areas, the gravel roads and I must commend the Fiji Roads Authority for doing a good job in maintaining these roads,” Mr Singh said

Mr Singh said the people can expect more new coaches in the coming years.

Carpenters motors general manager Nicholas Ling said it is an ‘auspicious day’ as they are delivering the next generation buses and this is the way forward to solve transportation problems.

“Just to get best confidence in our customers we are also going to setup our after sales service, boost up our parts supply,” Mr Ling said.

“We are also going to introduce a new programme in two months’ time and that is the mobile truck servicing.”

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