E-TICKETING or E-MISERY for the TRAVELLING PUBLIC: Its insane to insist that everyone must have a Vodafone travel card to hop on, hop off buses in Fiji, and NO CASH will be accepted - not everyone regular rider
Fijileaks: Will FFP government order every bus in Fiji to fit ramps for disabled passengers since it boasts its champion of non-discrimination? Bus companies received 18c per litre rebate on fuel in return for concessionary fares for school children. This agreement was particularly beneficial to bus companies without school routes
The only beneficiary of the e-ticketing are Vodafone with thousands of dollars pouring into their bank account and the Government which claims it will help FIRCA to monitor income of bus operators - as if its the drivers who are thieves. What about someone who hitches a lift into town and wants to hop on a bus back home? He or she must not be forced to carry a card around the clock. What about a chief who has been drinking home brew under a mango tree in another village and has left his travel card at home? What about villagers and rural dwellers who might be only coming for a day to visit someone in hospital, relatives or attending a funeral? Why should they be ordered to have a compulsory Vodafone travel card? There are hundreds of other instances and examples which has not been thought through by this Government. How many Government Ministers, including Bainimarama and Khaiyum, will be using public transport? Zilch! What about poor households who can't afford to put food on the table but who will have to fork out money to ensure every family member has a pre-loaded electronic value Vodafone CARD to travel on public buses? We call upon all political parties, especially FFP, to reveal if among the party donors were bus operators, who seem to have blamed 'thieving bus drivers' for financial black holes!
VODAFONE STORES OPENING HOURS: 8AM TO 5PM
"E-ticketing has been introduced as one of the means to prevent revenue leakage in the bus industry and to ensure there is transparency in revenue reporting by bus operators. The system will allow the Government, LTA and other regulatory agencies to make accurate assessment of operators’ revenue /financial status..."
UNHEALTHY EXAMPLE: Health Minister Rosy Akbar flouting traffic laws and parked without any TICKET!!!!!!!
eTransport is a government regulated fare payment system that now requires the travelling public to pay their bus fare through an electronic means. From 1st of October, 2017, passengers on public buses will no longer be allowed to pay their bus fare using cash. Cash fare will be completely replaced with an electronic ticketing system.
The travelling public in London are required to use Oyster card, Visitor Oyster card or contactless payment card to ensure that millions of people are transported faster from point A to Z. This writer, however, has experienced the trickery some retail outlets employ when approached to top up an Oyster card for a pound or two; since the commission they get is minimal, the retail outlets would claim either the machine is not working or they are too busy. The moment you mention how about over five pounds, they will immediately drop everything and run and top up your Oyster card.
As a committed environmental campaigner I always cycle but in certain cases (like extreme bad weather etc) I take the bus and pay the driver:
Fijileaks: This E-Ticketing FIASCO could also turn out to be A TICKET for the voters to KICK FFP Government off from the driving seat of power but as we have argued, SODELPA under the Coupist DRIVER Sitiveni Rabuka, must not be handed the wheels of Fiji's destiny in 2018. SODELPA have no right to assure Indo-Fijians that their safety and security will be protected because the party is supported by the chiefs and the vanua; if anything, they MUST accept to be ruled by INDO-Fijians who are FIJIANS by birth. Why should Indo-Fijians kow tow to SODELPA, and express gratitude for the assurance? Those advocating that Rabuka be voted Prime Minister in 2018 have no moral right to condemn Bainimarama from aspiring to be re-elected. A coupist is a coupist. Under Rabuka, the racial and religious demagogue, we could be slapped with another SUNDAY travel ban like the one he imposed in 1987. He made it illegal on Sundays to operate buses, taxis or other means of public transport; anyone caught flouting this dictator's decree was to be JAILED or fined, for GOD had whispered to him in his sleep to carry out COUP! Ironically, the hardest hit from this 'Lucifer's' decree were native Fijian churchgoers who were forced to walk miles to reach their lotus!
Fijileaks: We don't know what would have been Fiji's fate if this COUPIST had won the 1999 general election?
1/10/2017 02:26:02 pm
And the dicktatorship of the day continues implementing policies without public consensus or even a trial run like they always fond of doing.
1/10/2017 08:46:51 pm
All part of the pretense to show the world that Fiji is finally becoming a modern nation state courtesy of the Bai-Kai coup and " true democracy ". E- ticketing and all that in an aid receiving third world country with close to half the population living in poverty or border line poverty...and the ruling elite living in the lap of luxury and travelling in style on public expense.
1/10/2017 09:19:58 pm
There is far far greater leakage of revenue from the governmental set up ( including the First World perks our third world politicians have given themselves ) as any casual perusal of the Auditor General's reports show than the leakage of revenue from Fiji's bus transport industry. The leakage from the general revenue adversely affects all the Fiji public because it takes away vital resources from basic needs services. The leakage from bus revenue nominally diminishes the private profit maximisation by bus owners.
1/10/2017 10:04:33 pm
U can understand this latest move. by Khaiyum and Bainimarama by seeing it in the context of the mountain of debt that the FFP Govt has amassed after 11 years at the helm. It has to be paid back. Their neo liberal economic policies have not. created the economic miracle they so naively sought. The US$500m (F$1bn) they hoped to get from the Worldwide Green Climate Fund has turned into a pipe dream with the US withdrawal fm the Paris Agreement and a growing chorus among world scientists that Climate Change is a scare campaign not backed by science, faced with this scenario rather than sell off Fiji's assets and call in the IMF (quite rightly so) they have chosen a path of austerity measures (reducing cost of the public service) while rasing a tax on anything they can. So this is why civil servants are up in arms in protest at Govt efforts to cut the cost of the civil servants. Bus fares are now in the firing line. This is just the start. They will set up monopolies so that they can tax them and extract greater surpluses to pay off debt. And they will not come out straight to admit publicaly the reason for their action because to do so would be to admit their own failure and besides they fear they would get voted out at the 2018 general election. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Khaiyum and Bainimarama dictatorship where the SHHTF
1/10/2017 10:31:05 pm
Bainimarama on a bus . Probably the first and last time the Fiji public will see him " riding " on a bus!
2/10/2017 05:16:35 am
What happens to visitors that wants to catch public transport from airport?
3/10/2017 10:18:58 am
They buy a disposable card from an agent or the bus driver on board. Come on, lad, go read up a little will you!
2/10/2017 05:50:13 am
This government is being feted by the IMF/World Bank, UN et al using climate change (COP23, Agenda 21, etc) - notice: no longer global warming (hoax) - as a precursor to more omnious policies that this government will be forced to implement to the naive public. I remember turning on the FBC TV program sometime last year by chance one morning (about 9.00 am) where a representative of the IMF (a European lady) was being interviewed by the FBC host. During her maiden speech she, by chance(?)/deliberately(?), mentioned in her speech, quote" ...and the The New World Order..." I have been studying the NWO for quite a number of years, and her speech had confirmed my suspicions. This government is not only pro UN but also pushing for a new world order agenda. The UN is the vehicle for this NWO. Besides NATO, the banking/oil cartels, industrial-military complex, intelligence agencies, etc. who are all tightly interwoven.
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