28 Sep 2009

Petition against bus increase in Fiji to be presented to authorities this week

6:23 am on 28 September 2009

A petition signed by at least 21 thousand people against a bus fare increase in Fiji is expected to be presented to the interim regime this week.

The petition, organised by the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy began circulating in Lami, Suva and Nausori corridors about two weeks ago

The Director of ECREA, Chantelle Khan says the 13 percent increase in bus fares was announced on August the 5th and implemented immediately the next day.

She says it has caused a public outcry.

"The people have been expressing their frustration, their disappointment. We have literally taken it down to the streets and it's interesting to see how this one issue unites people in the bus stands for example. Bus drivers themselves, when they sign the petition, and many have; many bus drivers have invited us on their buses to take passengers to sign the petition."

Chantelle Khan says she hopes the final petition will presented to the Prime Minister's Office, the Land Transport Authority, the Education and Transport and Finance Ministries and the President's Office next week.