Press Release 2017

06/09/2017 15:01:45 Imposition of the Plastic Bag Levy

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on traders to straighten their act as far as imposition of the Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) on plastic bags is concerned.

06/09/2017 14:51:05 Reasons for Carpark Fee at Damodar City unjustified

The recently introduced car park fees at the Damodar City has not gone down well with consumers considering Damodar city is an entertainment and shopping complex. According to the company, the car park fees were introduced to solve carpark congestion at Damodar City.

08/08/2017 15:19:17 Businesses With No Point of Sale System to Stop Charging Plastic Bag Levy

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on businesses that do not have the Point of Sale (POS) System or electronic cash registers which clearly reflects the $0.10 Plastic Bag Levy on the receipts to straighten up their conduct and stop charging consumers the levy.

01/08/2017 14:23:33 Plastic Bag Levy Apply to Point of Sale Users

The Consumer Council of Fiji calls on traders and shop owners to engage in ethical business practices as far as the application of the Plastic Bag Levy is concerned.

28/07/2017 14:51:52 Credit card customers can get statements free of charge

Consumers who were incorrectly charged the 2% Credit Card Levy (CCL) between January 2012 and August 2013 can now obtain their credit card statements free of charge from their respective banks. The Consumer Council is grateful to Association of Banks in Fiji (ABIF) for taking this initiative in ensuring that consumers do not have to fork out extra money to obtain credit card statements at unreasonable costs.

26/07/2017 15:58:06 Council Welcomes New CCAG Members

The Consumer Council of Fiji today inducted seven (7) Community Consumer Advisory Group (CCAG) members.

10/07/2017 16:00:53 Show same enthusiasm when duty is reduced.

It has been brought to the Council’s attention that some traders have already started charging 10 cent tax on plastic bag to consumers at the point of sale which should not be the case.

05/07/2017 12:35:57 Electricity Subsidy is Good News!

The Consumer Council of Fiji is elated with government’s decision to subsidise the first 100kwh of electricity used by households whose combined income is less than $30,000. A budget of $5million has been allocated to cover for the subsidy.

30/06/2017 15:32:23 ‘A WIN FOR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS’

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the establishment of the Fiji Accident Compensation Commission (FACC) which was long overdue. The Council has been vigorously lobbying for reforms in the laws and systems as far as Compulsory Third Party Insurance is concerned.

30/06/2017 14:28:35 2017-2018 Budget - Socially Inclusive Budget

The Council welcomes Government’s emphasis in the 2017-2018 Budget on social protection where low-income earners, pensioners, youths, and physically challenged will benefit. The Council views the budget as a clever, well thought that is heavily focused towards improving the quality of lives of ordinary Fijians.

26/06/2017 12:22:58 Mazda Recalls 2003-2008 RX-8 Models

The Consumer Council of Fiji is asking consumers who may own Mazda RX-8 models manufactured in the years 2003-2008 to get their vehicles checked by Niranjans, being the authorized Mazda dealer in Fiji.

21/06/2017 08:20:41 Exorbitant charges for credit card statements for Credit Card Levy refund

In light of the recent decision made by the by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) to refund consumers who were incorrectly charged the 2% Credit Card Levy (CCL) have to spend more money to obtain credit card statements.

16/06/2017 12:34:07 Council’s Budget Submission

With the 2017-2018 National Budget announcement date nearing, the Council is hoping that the government will again consider the concerns of Fijian consumers in its budget priorities.

16/06/2017 09:56:56 Cost of Dialysis

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the setting up of the new Kidney Dialysis Centre in Lautoka by the Island Kidney Assistance Foundation Fiji (IKAFF). The soon to open dialysis facility comes as a relief to the majority of the kidney dialysis patients who live in Viti Levu. This means that getting the treatment at a lower rate, in comparison to the other two facilities (Kidney Foundation of Fiji (KFoF) and Zen’s Medical Centre) offering the same services is now really well within their reach.

15/06/2017 09:51:00 A Big Win for Consumers on Credit Card Levy

The Consumer Council of Fiji is pleased with the decision made by the Association of Banks in Fiji (ABIF) and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) to reimburse consumers who were wrongly charged 2% credit card levy in 2012 and 2013.

01/06/2017 14:56:40 Council Welcomes FRCA Initiative to clamp VAT Evasion

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the initiative undertaken by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) whereby they will be implementing the VAT Monitoring System (VMS) project in the supermarkets around the country soon.

26/05/2017 14:50:50 Do not fully rely on vehicle warranty for second –hand vehicles

Consumers are once again being cautioned to seek expert opinion on the second hand vehicles they intend to purchase.

22/05/2017 16:22:31 Gold Retailers lack transparency

The Consumer Council of Fiji reiterates its call that mandatory standard must be introduced to curb illegal trade practices in the marketplace where consumers unknowingly lose their hard-earned money

18/05/2017 10:38:16 Companies should get better warranty for Fiji Consumers

The Consumer Council is calling on the Hire Purchase (HP) companies in Fiji to clarify their stance on why they do not provide manufacturer’s warranty to consumers upon their purchase.

11/05/2017 14:00:25 Council Supports PM’s Call to Investigate Bus Company

The Consumer Council of Fiji fully supports the recent call made by our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to investigate a Rakiraki Bus company which failed to transport students from Rokovuaka Village in Ra to school (Fiji Times, PM orders bus company probe – 11/05/17).

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