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LTA, Government Urged To Address Bus Issues

LTA, in a statement, said they had written to Dominion Transport to warn them that the company to operate all of its services in accordance with its registered particulars.
07 Jan 2020 09:03
LTA, Government Urged To Address Bus Issues
The Dominion Transport Company stopped operations on Friday.

The Fiji Bus Operators Association is saddened but not surprised at the closure of the Dominion Transport Company Pte Limited.

FBOA president Nisar Ali Shah said every bus company faced the same difficulties as Dominion Transport and if left unchecked, the entire industry would likely collapse.

Dominion Transport Company ceased operations last week citing the high cost of operations and failure to make a profit.

“For more than 10 years the bus fare structure has remained unchanged, despite soaring operational costs during this time. Two years after first formally making an application for a bus fare review, we are still waiting for it to be granted. In the meantime, the industry is crumbling around us,” Mr Shah said.

He said in October 2009, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) itself commissioned a bus industry review carried out by the United Kingdom firm, Orion Consultants.

Mr Shah said the Orion report findings highlighted that the bus industry faced increasing competition from legal and illegal minibuses and carriers.

He said the report highlighted deteriorating road conditions, which increased operating costs and made some routes non-viable.

He said the report stated: “The industry is at a critical stage, and could collapse due to the low profits, deteriorating roads and competition from carriers and minibuses.”

Mr Shah said the sentiments expressed in the 2009 report about the critical stage of the industry at the time and that it could collapse, has been largely ignored by the LTA and the Government.

“I call on the government to immediately address the many issues that we have been raising to avoid other bus operations facing the same fate as Dominion Transport,” Mr Shah said.

LTA, in a statement, said they had written to Dominion Transport to warn them that the company to operate all of its services in accordance with its registered particulars.

“Dominion Transport had on Friday stopped running many services without a proper reason being provided to the authority. This was unacceptable to the authority and discommoded thousands of passengers,” said LTA in a statement.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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