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LTA re-looking at mini bus fare regulation

February 20, 2019 12:41 pm

The Land Transport Authority is now re-looking at the minibus fare regulation following complaints on increased fares at different locations around the country.

The minibus fares for Ba-Lautoka has increased from $2 to $2.50 while fares between Nausori-Suva is now $2 compared to $1.50 after 10pm.

Transport Minister Jone Usamate says the LTA has had a discussion with the minibus operators.

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“They are looking back at the regulation what governs the minibus fare increase. They had a talk with them also to tell them that just arbitrarily raising the minibus fares is not good exercise. It’s not something good for the public. LTA is going to look at the whole issue to see whether there is regulation, maybe there should be some new regulation.”

The Consumer Watchdog also confirms receiving 16 complaints as of last week in relation to the increase.

The Council also has received a complaint where minibus operators were charging $3.00 instead of the normal $2.50 for travel between Nausori and Korovou.

A complainant informed the Council that the minibus fare from Suva to Samabula cost $1.50, the same fare charged to Nausori passengers.

The Council has also received complaints against Minivan operators, mainly in Lautoka and Ba for charging an increased rate of 50 cents to the passengers.

Meanwhile, the LTA had earlier confirmed that minibus fares are regulated and as such, there is no approach from LTA for any fare increases.

Passengers are advised not to pay any increases being demanded by operators.

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