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Drivers Fear For Safety Of Lives, Vehicles

Drivers Fear For Safety Of Lives, Vehicles
Drivers have raised concerns on poor road conditions in Labasa. Photo: Josaia Ralago
December 30
11:00 2016

Drivers in the Northern Division have raised concerns on the poor road conditions which pose a great risk to their vehicles.

The potholes were caused mainly from heavy rains of Tropical Depression 04F.

Labasa Taxi driver Naresh Chand said: “The road condition is really bad. The potholes are so big and it can damage our vehicles.

“And these roads are not the ones far from town, these are the Labasa Hospital Road, the Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa Mill road and most other roads in the town area.”

Another driver, Rajeshwar Prasad said the there was a great lot of work that needed to be done.

“It is not suitable for driving as some areas are just infested with potholes, please, these roads need to be repaired.”

It is not only the drivers but pedestrians who have started to raise concerns on the issue of their safety.

“Some of these potholes are like ‘lovo’ pits, and when drivers encounter these potholes, they ditch it and cross over to the next lane,” Labasa resident Sashi Ramlu said.

“I have seen instances where vehicles nearly colliding as they try to prevent the potholes. Road users lives are at risk because a wrong move by the driver and they could get hit.”

While replying to these concerns the Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Hutchinson said they had already started works on the road.

“Fixing potholes is an essential part of FRA’s service delivery to the public, but it will not give us better roads.

“Ideally, we need to maintain the roads so that potholes do not form in the first place,” he said.

“We have dispatched a total of 11 crews in the Northern Division to fix the potholes and we will continue to deploy extra staff as needed so that we are able to get further ahead of the need.”

Mr Hutchinson said most of these roads had not been resealed for over 10 years and were being attended to.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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