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FCCC to review subsidized bus routes

April 15, 2019 6:15 am

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will be launching a review into the subsidized bus routes.

Chief Executive, Joel Abraham says during the investigation into the review of the bus fare, the issues of routing also surfaced.

Abraham adds the Commission will look into the current system of subsidy provided by the government to the bus industry.

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“Consideration between economical and uneconomical routes. There are certain routes where passenger loading is less and there is only one way loading, we will consider the commercial nature of servicing these routes and whether they are classified as economical and uneconomical routes.”

Abraham says the Committee will also study whether there needs to be a form of targeted subsidy provided to routes that are uneconomical.

The Committee will work with the Land Transport Authority to improve the current systems to ensure a high standard service is rolled out to commuters.

These were also the concerns raised by commuters during the bus fare review, who were disappointed with the quality of fleet and fluency of transportation.

The government spends around $25million on subsidized bus fares.

 

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