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Don’t Politicise Industry

The Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has called on politicians to get their facts right before making policy statements on the bus industry be­cause they have the potential to impact
05 May 2018 11:00
Don’t Politicise Industry
Suva Bus station. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has called on politicians to get their facts right before making policy statements on the bus industry be­cause they have the potential to impact the travelling public.

The call comes after the Fiji Labour Party suggested that it would reduce bus fares by removing 9 per cent VAT if it was 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,” said FBOA general secre­tary Rohit Latchan.

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 because they comprise privately-owned companies operat­ing under strict laws and regulations while doing their best to serve the people of Fiji,” Mr Latchan said.

Source: Fiji Bus Operators Association

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