To understand the public transport industry, we need to go back to history. The industry came into existence in 1954. Prior to that there were only private operators who were running their buses according to the demand of the day. In 1954, a British administrator in a bid to rationalise and regionalise the sector, decided to group these private operators into companies. Thus several companies were formed and were allowed to operate in specific regions.
These were the United Bus Service, which operated mainly on the Port Louis-Curepipe line, Vacoas Transport, which operated on the Port Louis-Vacoas route, Rose Hill Transport, serving the Port Louis-Rose Hill corridor, and the Triolet Bus Service operating between the North and Port Louis.
In 1983, most of these companies went bankrupt as a result of high operating costs. Following this situation, individual operators were encouraged to join the industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That was a time when existing public companies could not offer satisfactory services and government had no choice other than to reintroduce the private operator concept.