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Service Agreement Vital: A-G

A service agreement between the Fiji Bus Operators Association and the Fijian Government is expected to be formulated in the next few weeks. This was highlighted by the Attorney-General and
21 May 2017 08:59
Service Agreement Vital: A-G
Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Fiji Bus Operators Association member and Opposition MP Parmod Chand on May 20, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO News

A service agreement between the Fiji Bus Operators Association and the Fijian Government is expected to be formulated in the next few weeks.

This was highlighted by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) Annual Convention held in Lami yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said with a $21 million bus subsidy being allocated for the industry every year, it was critical that a service agreement must be formulated and agreed upon by FBOA and Government.

The service agreement is expected to stipulate bus operator’s rights and obligations and conditions of their operation must also be documented before funds are being given.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he planned to have this done in the next few weeks and would be approaching FBOA regarding this.

The agreement is also expected to look into the services of bus operators in the near future.

He said the bus industry played a pivotal role in the transportation sector in Fiji and they would need to look into lifting the standard of bus services.

Meanwhile, e-ticketing services were delayed because there were previously three main providers who wanted to provide the services.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the three companies were given ample time to be able to discuss and provide the public with a multi-operational card.

He said this meant despite having a Vodafone, Digicel and Bula-Fiji card the e–ticketing cards should be able to work in any machine installed in buses.

The three providers were given more than 18 months, but Bula-Fiji and Digicel pulled out and only Vodafone Fiji is on board.

He said Vodafone Fiji was now given until August to effectively implement the e-ticketing platform.

However, with the condition that bus operators develop proper procedures that will be accepted.

Different cards will be given to school students and disabled persons and elderly citizens.

Major issues facing the industry were provision of services in rural areas for school students, plans for a national bus time-table and the inclusion of new fleet.



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