THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has applauded the Honiara City Council (HCC) for taking a tough stand to address the increasing use of unregulated public bus routes in the capital.
SICCI acknowledges the enforcement of the new public bus ordinance declared by Honiara City Mayor Hon. Andrew Mua this month to tackle the issue of short bus routes that has had a toll on the travelling public over the past few years.
SICCI CEO Dennis Meone said HCC must be applauded for taking the leading role – with the support of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) – in addressing this long-standing issue and a timely act as working industries, the public sector and schools start for 2018.
“The impacts have been severe on the public transport users and indirectly affects not only government, private sector but also families and working people,” said Mr Meone.
“Operating a public transport comes with a responsibility to provide a professional service that is fair and reliable to the public.
“SICCI commends the successful dialogue between the local bus owners’ association and HCC in coming to agreed terms to respond to the public’s outcry of the short bus routes.
“We urge public bus owners to comply with the new ordinance enforced by HCC.”