TAXI AND BUS OPERATORS NOT HAPPY WITH ROAD CONDITIONS IN FIJI

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LABASA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 1998 - Fiji Village News)---Taxi operators and bus owners in Labasa have called on the government to fix Vanua Levu's deteriorating roads.

Vanualevu Taxi Union President Brij Nand Maharaj says the state of the roads is one reason why drivers avoid picking up passengers in these areas. He says most of the vehicles that frequent these roads, end up spending huge sums of money on repairs.

A prominent bus proprietor in the north agrees, saying something needs to be done about the roads soon, because the public's lives are at risk.

Divisional Engineer Northern, Niko Buke, says the matter is being looked into.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Bus Operators Association wants the Transport Control Board to increase bus fares.

Association president-Pyara Singh says they will apply to the Board who will then advertise and call for any objections to the application.

Singh says the bus operators in the country are going through a difficult time and the increase is needed to cater for the increase in costs. The last time association called for an increase in bus fares was rejected by the Finance Minister Jim Ah Koy.

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