World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Council condemns illegal Minibus Fare increase


The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on minibus operators to refrain from charging increased fares to passengers at different locations around the country as this is illegal.

Minibus fares are regulated by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and only fares that are prescribed by LTA should be paid by the passengers and accepted by the minibus drivers.

As stipulated under the Land Transport (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations 2000, Section 46, subsection 2 (a)(b). (2) The Authority may prescribe a schedule of fares for carriage of passengers by a mini-bus in which case— (a) the mini-bus must charge fares as prescribed; (b) the schedule must be displayed in a conspicuous position in the vehicle.”

Simply, only LTA can impose any such increases to minibus fares. At this point time, there has not been any announcement by LTA for the increase in fares, therefore any increase is illegal and is punishable by law.

The Council has started receiving complaints of mini bus operators charging passengers with increased fares at different locations around the country. This behaviour is unacceptable. Mini buses provide a vital service to consumers and operators should not take advantage of this position to swindle consumers.

The Council is calling on mini bus operators to maintain their current fares and ensure that they are fair in dealings with consumers. Increasing fares illegally is punishable by law and the Council advises consumers to report or lodge a complaint to LTA or call the National Consumer Helpline toll-free number, 155 if they are told by operators to pay higher fares.

Consumers should also note the destination where the passenger is picked up from and being dropped and note the registration number of the minivan if they believe they have been overcharged.

Drivers who continue to charge increased minibus fares from their passengers risk being taken to task by the LTA

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Myanmar: Human Rights ‘Catastrophe’; UN Calls For Urgent Action

Urgent action is needed to prevent the situation in Myanmar from escalating into a “full-blown conflict”, the UNHigh Commissioner for Human RightsMichelle Bachelet warned on Thursday. Ms. Bachelet’s alert came in a new report from her office OHCHR...
More>>



Afghanistan: Healthcare System On Brink Of Collapse, As Hunger Hits 95 Per Cent Of Families

Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, warned on Wednesday, while on the streets of Kabul, the hunger families are suffering is as acute in urban areas as the drought-stricken rural parts of the country... More>>

Oxfam: Third COVID Wave Engulfs Yemen With 99 Per Cent Of People Unvaccinated
Yemenis are battling a third wave of COVID, which threatens 99 per cent of the population who are unvaccinated, Oxfam said today. Recorded cases of COVID have tripled and the death rate has risen by more than fivefold (420 per cent) in the last month...More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: Global Leaders Set To Act To Increase Energy Access While Reducing Emissions At First UN Energy Summit In 40 Years

Significant new commitments for financing clean energy, increasing renewables and improving access to electricity are expected to be announced on 24 September at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy... More>>

UN: More Than 130 Countries Expected To Announce National Commitments At UN Food Systems Summit
The Heads of State and Government from more than 90 countries are expected to announce their commitments to transform food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at the historic UN Food Systems Summit next week... More>>

UN: Only 2% Of Covid-19 Vaccines Have Been Administered In Africa

More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday... More>>