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Abraham’s Committee Completes Findings Into Bus Fares Review

The committee reported that of the 32 bus operators, 23 have still not responded to calls for verification by the committee.
13 Apr 2019 11:55
Abraham’s Committee Completes Findings Into Bus Fares Review
Joel Abraham

The Bus Fare Review Committee has completed its findings on bus fares and final deliberations are being done before the recommendations are presented to the Minister for Economy.

The committee, which is chaired by Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham, concluded its review yesterday.

The review was conducted using financial data provided by 32 bus operators.

The committee reported that of the 32 bus operators, 23 have still not responded to calls for verification by the committee.

“While we are aware of their concerns, we had sent requests for verification of financial data for 23 operators because there are many anomalies in the submitted data that needed verification,” Mr Abra- ham said.

In a statement, the committee said it had also engaged Fijian commuters, who gave their views on the issue through surveys, public consultations, social media and postal submissions.

“Thousands of Fijians have said they do not want an increase in bus fares,” Mr Abraham said.

“The committee is here to promote fairness in an exercise of this nature, we have to be fair to the bus

operators and the commuting public.”

The Fiji Bus Operators Association had earlier made an application for a fare review on the grounds that costs had increased from 2017-2018 post the implementation of e-Ticketing and the increase in wages and fuel prices.

They had also threatened that a discontinuation of bus services was a possibility if bus operators were unable  to accommodate fuel costs and drivers wages.

Edited by Percy Percy Kean 

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