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Govt Hailed For Weeding Out Piracy

A bus operator has hailed the Government’s initiative to impound and auction private vehicles which operate as public service transport. Allied Transport, a Ba bus company with its origins dating
28 Jul 2021 10:47
Govt Hailed For Weeding Out Piracy
A bus belonging to Allied Transport, parked at the Ba bus station.

A bus operator has hailed the Government’s initiative to impound and auction private vehicles which operate as public service transport.

Allied Transport, a Ba bus company with its origins dating back to 1954, said the national budget 2021-2022 saved bus companies a host of challenges.

Managing director, David Khan, said the Government initiative, as announced in the national budget 2021-2022, would weed out the threat posed by pirate operators, to public transport service providers.

 

The company welcomed the much needed respite the budget offered the public transport sector, through initiatives such as:

– Bus stand fees waiver,

– One per cent reduction in the Vodafone Commission charges,

– Reduction of battery duty, from 32 per cent to 15 per cent,

– Exemption from paying the Annual Motor Vehicle Accident Leave, and

– Loan guaranteed credit scheme.

 

Alliance Transport director, David Khan and Empire Bus Service operations manager and company spokesman, Simrath Singh.

Alliance Transport director, David Khan and Empire Bus Service operations manager and company spokesman, Simrath Singh.

Allied Transport was established by family members, who also worked for the company until the 1980s.

The company employs 20 people, and has grown from two buses during its early days, to 18 buses.

Following the economic impact of COVID-19, only six buses are in operation at Allied Transport.

Empire Bus Service Ba Limited, a rivaling bus operator that also services routes in Ba, echoed similar sentiments.

“The initiatives would go along to keep us afloat,” operations manager and company spokesman, Simrath Singh said.

Empire Bus Service, initially established in the colonial era, came under new management in the past 10 years.

The company operates out of Yalelevu, Ba, and services the town area.

Empire Bus Service has a fleet of 18 buses, six of which are operating under the COVID-19 business climate.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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