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Khan: LTA System Causes Route Loss

  A  bus company managing director believes the Land Transport Authority needs to review its system. Naved Khan of Khan Buses Limited in Lautoka was responding to a decision by the
16 Jan 2016 09:30
Khan: LTA  System  Causes  Route Loss
STOPPED... Buses parked at the Khan Buses Ltd yard at Navutu,Lautoka. INSET: Khan Buses Ltd managing director Naved Khan. Photo: Salote Qalubau

 

A  bus company managing director believes the Land Transport Authority needs to review its system.

Naved Khan of Khan Buses Limited in Lautoka was responding to a decision by the LTA to halt its Suva-Lautoka services.

“The tribunal’s reason for halting our Suva-Lautoka operations was because LTA did not follow the proper procedure in granting the RSL (Road Service Licence),” Mr Khan said.

LTA’s chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said he could not comment on the issue.

“The matter is before the tribunal now and I therefore cannot comment on the issue,” he said.

But Mr Khan said: “LTA had not even objected and were not very responsive when the matter was brought before the tribunal three weeks ago.

“As a result four of the Suva-Lautoka buses have been parked at the Khan Buses Ltd yard with seven people being sent home.”

Mr Khan said they were losing at least $1800 to $2000 a day.

They accommodate about 30-40 passengers for the Suva-Lautoka route at an average on a trip, mostly working people.

He said: “We did a normal application and we got the go ahead for the trips on December 12 last year despite other companies appealing against us.

The tribunal has decided to put a hold on their application until the matter is heard again on March 18.

Mr Khan said after the company had received approval for the RSL they injected $1.2 million for the Suva-Lautoka trips alone.

“Out of the 20 buses we have four buses that are used for the Suva-Lautoka trips and because of this issue we will have a hard time servicing our bank loans.

“The whole system needs to be reviewed because when we did our applications, we thought LTA, a statutory body, will go through these applications thoroughly.

“When they granted us a road permit we provided them a big investment in return.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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