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Fiji Sun - - Parliament News - Avi­nesh Gopal M: (679) 3307555 Email: avi­[email protected]­jisun. com.fjj

THE MINI-BUS TIMETABLE

Trans­porta­tion is an es­sen­tial tool in this mod­ern day and age. In many ar­eas, trans­porta­tion timeta­bles are pro­vided for mem­bers of the pub­lic to make things eas­ier for them when pre­par­ing their travel sched­ule. In Suva City, bus timeta­bles are known to the trav­el­ling pub­lic. How­ever, for the minibuses they only leave their base in Suva when all seats are taken up. BTL un­der­stands that there is no timetable for minibuses to de­part from Suva for the West. How­ever, in Lau­toka, minibus op­er­a­tors have their timetable and pas­sen­gers are well aware of this. When it is de­par­ture time for a minibus, it leaves the base in Lau­toka even though they may have one, two or three pas­sen­gers. Re­al­is­ti­cally, in Suva the minibus op­er­a­tors should draw a de­par­ture timetable, sim­i­lar to their col­leagues who op­er­ate from Lau­toka.

FADED RE­CEIPTS

It is ad­vis­able that there is enough ink in the E-trans­port ma­chines in buses so that re­ceipts can be printed out clearly. BTL has seen faded re­ceipts be­ing printed by the ma­chines in some buses in Labasa, ob­vi­ously due to there be­ing in­suf­fi­cient ink. Since peo­ple need to know how much money they have left in their cards to travel by bus, it is im­por­tant that the re­ceipts is­sued to them are printed clearly. Food for thought for some bus op­er­a­tors.

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