SUVA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Fijian government said Tuesday that improving the bus services around the island nation will help ease traffic congestion during peak hours.
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that public transport must be encouraged in Fiji and zero-rate duty on buses will enable operators to improve their fleet and encourage people to travel with public transport.
Sayed-Khaiyum said that the ongoing improvement of road network will also ease traffic jam in Fiji, as Fijian road users are frustrated about the increasing levels of congestion and delay on the busy roads in towns and cities.
Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) said earlier that road traffic congestion also affects the economy, causes pollution and creates pressure on development.
Motor vehicle registrations have been growing significantly in Fiji over the last few years with an average growth of nine percent from 2015 to 2016. The total number of valid vehicles in December 2016 reached 110,763, with 10 percent of which being public service vehicles.