Chamber Asks Public Service Vehicle Operators To Be Ready For Demand

Usually the bookings go up about 20 percent and we are expecting around a figure of 30 minibuses travelling down to the west.
25 May 2022 13:45
Chamber Asks Public Service Vehicle Operators To Be Ready For Demand
Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pyara Singh.


The Lautoka Chamber of Commerce has asked Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators to be ready for transportation demands when the Fijian Drua and Chiefs clash this Saturday at Churchill Park.

Chamber president Pyara Singh said he has advised bus operators and taxis to extend their services.

“The bus companies and taxis should be well prepared to provide the necessary transport service to all the people, it may be necessary to extend the services to late in the night.

“When there are a lot of people we must provide the services, through the chamber we can make a request to the public transport providers, taxis and buses to operate till late so that every individual is well-served.”

The Viti Minibus Association president, Bola Saumaka says minibus drivers in the Western Division are anticipating an increase in bookings over the next few days.

Mr Saumaka said the hype was gradually building up.

“I believe most people will make their way down late that day or even on Friday but we are waiting and expecting a large number of passengers with their bookings within the coming days,” Mr Saumaka said.

He said while the focus was on ensuring the safety of passengers to and from their destinations, the COVID-19 safety measures would continue to be observed.

“Not only are we looking forward to this weekend’s match, we will also ensure that the COVID-19 measures continue to be followed by our passengers,” he said.

“The association will support the much needed assistance in providing transportation for everyone.”

Mr Saumaka added drivers were excited for this week’s Super Rugby Pacific clash.

Classic Buses

Lautoka’s Classic Buses Limited director, Adnan Mohammed, said there would be extra buses operating until 7.30pm to cater for the demand.

Classic Buses Ltd services close to 90 per cent of the areas in both Lautoka and Nadi.

Mr Mohammed said the company was also advising passengers that no cash would be accepted when entering the buses.


Suva buses go to Lautoka

In Suva, Citiline Bus Services Limited manager operations Richard Lal said 10 buses were already booked to take passengers to Lautoka and discounts were already given.

“It’s a day trip and buses will be back after the game, we are expecting a few more bookings.”

Those who wish to book the Cityline buses can call on 9996214. A return trip costs $850 for 65 passengers.

Viti Minibuses founding member, Albert Jackson said people had already started pre-booking minibuses.

“We are already experiencing a lot of people travelling, there are a lot of hires of mini buses,” he said.

“Usually the bookings go up about 20 percent and we are expecting around a figure of 30 minibuses travelling down to the west.


Rental car company

Meanwhile, rental car company, Central Rentals Pte Limited manager Ashvir Singh said they were expecting a boost in business with around 15 cars already booked.

“Usually more bookings are done a day before, it should be busy around Friday,” he said.

Mr Singh said they usually have full booking during events like the Super Rugby matches and this time they were expecting a full booking at their Suva branch.

Those who wish to book a vehicle with Central Rentals can contact 9993786.


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