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Bus Operators Split? Association Unaware

“We don’t want to operate with them because they have their own way of doing things,” Mr Wahab said and alleged that some members did not support some of the cases that the association was legally pursuing.
25 May 2022 12:20
Bus Operators Split? Association Unaware
At the Suva Bus Stand. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Several bus operators are considering breaking away from the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA)

The move comes amid claims that the association was not acting in its best interest.

Sunbeam Fiji chief executive officer and Coral Sun’s Zahid Wahab highlighted some concerns regarding the misrepresentation of members and high membership fees among others.

“We don’t want to operate with them because they have their own way of doing things,” Mr Wahab said and alleged that some members did not support some of the cases that the association was legally pursuing.

“We don’t want to be a part of that litigation.”

He said there was a strong hold to break away from FBOA and form another association.

“A lot of people are thinking along the same lines. The fees that members are required to pay to vote in FBOA is so high,” he said.

Mr Wahab said the membership fee of $3500 per year was not waived during the COVID-19 pandemic despite pleas from members.

“They’re so expensive. These were COVID times, a lot of people were struggling, businesses, so we had proposed for FBOA to waive all these fees and give them an opportunity to vote,” he said.

“It includes a lot of membership fees to pay and vote.

“We’re supposed to be an association, to get all the members together.

“And it’s the same executive committee over and over again.”

Yogesh Nadan of Nadan Buses shared similar sentiments.

“The FBOA has seemingly ceased to represent many of the operators and does not share the same vision nor is able to act on easing the difficulties rising from the modus operandi of bus companies in these challenging times,” Mr Nadan said.

“More so, at this stage, I am uncertain as to how representative it is as many of us were not able to vote, given the conditions set by the executive team.

“I don’t see how the FBOA can act on bringing about useful changes for the collective good of the bus industry when it is not even able to include its own members/stakeholders in decision making processes.”

FBOA’s general secretary, Rohit Latchan, said he was not aware of the fallout these bus operators were considering.

Questions  sent to him regarding the allegations remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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