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Bus Fare Increases: Mixed Reaction From The Public

“My weekly bus fare budget is $40. With the increase, it means I am paying $4 extra a week. For me, that $4 means I forego something.”
11 Feb 2020 09:36
Bus Fare Increases: Mixed Reaction From The Public
At the Suva Bus Stand. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The new bus fare increase which came into effect yesterday received mixed reactions from the public.

The increase of up to seven cents per stage was announced by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Florence Egalomo, a mother of three and a student at the Pacific Flying School in Nadi said: “I catch a bus from Solovi to town and from town I catch another bus to Namaka.

“I have rent and bills to pay and I have to manage my food cost as well as bus fare every day.”

Amelia Ledua said people need to accept the increases in bus fares.

“Whatever bus fare is required by the bus company, people need to accept it because the fuel price is also going up,” she said.

Katherine Shibadia, 67, of Votualevu said the increases in bus fares would impact people reliant on social welfare.

In Suva, Samabula, resident, Pritesh Prakash, said for him it meant an extra 70 cents a week.

“That 70 cents is good enough to spend on bus fare. It does not bother me,” he said.

Nasole resident, Nimilote Tabua, said his three children and spouse travelled by bus on a daily basis.

“My weekly bus fare budget is $40. With the increase, it means I am paying $4 extra a week. For me, that $4 means I forego something,” he said.

Mere Vunisa of Nadera said she was hoping that the Ministry of Education would have the money to support the new bus fares once children’s fares go up in May.

Meanwhile, Consumer Council of Fiji urged bus operators to charge the correct bus fares and for commuters to keep copies of their receipts.

But two bus companies in Suva have opted not to raise their fares to the maximum of seven cents.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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