7 Jan 2008

The cost of fares for buses and taxis in Fiji to rise today

6:30 am on 7 January 2008

Travelling in buses and taxis in Fiji will be more costly from today after the interim government announced an increase in fares.

Fiji's Interim Transport Minister, Manu Korovulavula, says the increase was made after careful consideration of the effect of recent increase in fuel prices.

The Fiji Times reports Mr Korovulavula has approved a 10 per cent increase to bus fares and a 33 per cent raise in taxi fares.

Mr Korovulavula said he also took into consideration the 15 per cent taken away from the 20 per cent fuel grant to Fiji Bus Operators Association by the interim Minister of Finance during the 2008 budget