Bus protest seen unfair for taxis


AS public bus owners are protesting against Honiara City Council (HCC) over the new bus routes bus fare, taxi services see the bus move as unfair for them.

Speaking with anonymity, concerned taxi drivers said that it is good that HCC has enforced the new bus routes to sort out the unnecessary short routes which is a major contributor to the current traffic jam daily experienced affecting their services.

“We see what bus owners are doing but they should also be mindful of the fact that we are only operating under HCC’s jurisdiction.

“What HCC is trying do is to give the best service for the public in which from the new routines enforced will also help taxi services from being affected from usual traffic jams contributed by the short bus route practice.”

Taxi services believe that even if public bus transports follow the new routes enforced, they will still gain profit from $3’s bus fare.

Chairman of the Taskforce responsible for the bus routes Hon Eddie Ngava said HCC’s move to enforce new bus routes in the capital is to help other rules or Acts of the National Government being enforced.

“We also want to help the health sector, tourism industry and other sectors,” said the Chairman.

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