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Only 12% of Bali's Tourist Transport Operating

Bali Transport Owners Association Cite Lack of Domestic and International Passengers for Current Crippling Lack of Business.

(1/14/2006) The Chairman of the Bali Transportation Association (PAWIBA), Bagus Soediana, has told the Indonesian-language Bisnis Bali that following the October 1, 2005 terrorist bombing only 12% of his Association's fleet is now actively operating.

Representing a transportation armada estimated at 4,000 vehicles, PAWIBA says the lack of foreign tourist following the most recebt terror attack and the equally dramatic downturn in domestic passengers following a doubling in fuel costs on October 1, 2005, have caused Bali transportation fleet to remain parked in local lots.

PAWIBA executives are both hoping and praying that a fast rebound of foreign visitors responding positively to added security measures now being introduced in Bali and a healthier level of domestic arrivals spurred on by increases in civil servant salary levels may help their members avoid the ever-increasing threat of mass layoffs among those working in Bali's tourist transportation sector.