Illegal taxis affecting use of buses, says minister

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE demand for illegal taxis in Brunei is affecting the use of buses, the minister of communications said.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat (pictured) said illegal taxis are affecting the ridership of buses more so than licensed taxis because of the similar rates.

In a recent interview, he said enforcement will not stop illegal taxis from operating because there is still a demand for it.

The minister said the government has to stop illegal taxis from operating here by introducing a reliable and efficient bus and taxi system.

“What we are trying to do is make sure there is an alternative form of transportation available, such as buses and taxis. Only then can we hope to reduce the demand for illegal taxis,” YB Dato Hj Mustappa said.

The minister said his ministry has been allocated $10 million to transform the public transport sector over the next three years, including upgrading bus routes and interchanges and introducing metered taxis.

It was previously reported that the Ministry of Communications is looking to establish a Land Transport Authority that will oversee the regulation and expansion of the public transport sector.

The Land Transport Authority will regulate the transport system to improve services by making it more reliable to use by the public.

The Brunei Times