7 Sep 2005

Fiji bus operators want fuel surcharge for school trips

10:23 am on 7 September 2005

Fiji's bus operators want school children to pay a 6-US cent fuel surcharge each time they travel to and from school by bus.

The Fiji Times reports that bus operators have threatened to suspend school services if the Land Transport Authority does not allow the fuel surcharge to be imposed.

The president of the Fiji Bus Operators Association, Pyara Singh, says in their efforts to cut costs because of escalating fuel prices, they would have no option but to suspend school services because they are uneconomic.

Mr Singh says if airlines can surcharge passengers for increases in fuel prices, there is no reason why bus operators should not be allowed to do the same.