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No fare increase: AG

April 17, 2012 7:02 pm

Bus and taxi passengers won’t be paying more despite the fuel hike.

This assurance is from the government.

One of the biggest price increases is now in effect and inevitably Public Service Vehicle owners were suspecting increased fare to cover the higher price of fuel.

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Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says this will not happen.

“The Fiji Bus Operators Association have entered into an agreement with government that there won’t be any fare increases in those two areas unless of course the price of world fuel goes up to US $145, $155respectively so there won’t be a fare increase.”

An economist Dr Rohit Kishore earlier made comments that it would upset the budget projection but the Attorney General doesn’t agree.

“ These sorts of fuel prices does have an impact on the price itself in terms of being translated into a negative impact on 2012 budget it’s too early to predict and I think people need to be a lot more cautious and prudent in terms of making these sort of judgement calls."

But there may be help on the way for minibus operators who haven’t had a fare increase in 10 years and the government is looking at their plight.

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