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FBOA responds to LTA on Westbus operations

April 11, 2019 8:50 am

The Fiji Bus Operators Association have weighed in on the possible cease of operations by the Westbus Company in Nadi.

In a statement released last night, FBOA’s General Secretary Rohit Latchan says the concerns raised by bus operators in the Western Division about the high cost of doing business in a tightly regulated market is just the tip of the iceberg.

This comes as the Westbus Operators in Nadi which services the interior of Votualevu, Sabeto and Carrers yesterday reported that may have to stop their services which would affect more than 3000 Fijians.

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Director of Westbus Ajay Kumar says the company is facing a cash flow problem due to high operational costs and that if they were to cease their services, it would be because they’re unable to pay their driver’s salaries and afford the fuel for the buses.

Meanwhile, the LTA chief executive Samuel Simpson issued a stern warning yesterday to the company stating that that if they did disrupt their services, they could end up having their license suspended or revoked.

The FBOA says LTA threatening operators to show cause for not being able to run services will not change the fact that high costs and reduced profitability on a decade old fare structure remains a real threat to the entire industry.

Meanwhile, our FBC West Correspondent Filipe Naikaso has informed us that the Westbus Director says services today will run as normal.

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