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TRANSPORT : `Electrical Short Circuits Under Dashboards Cause Of Bus Fires’

TRANSPORT : `Electrical Short Circuits Under Dashboards Cause Of Bus Fires’
September 16
13:46 2017

Electrical short electrical circuits in the wiring under the dashboards were the causes of the two recent bus fires in Nadi and Nausori respectively.

Land Transport Authority chief executive, Carmine Piantedosi in response to the update on the two separate bus fires in Nadi and Nausori last month made the disclosure.

However, he confirmed that they were still in the process of compiling the full reports.

The first incident involved a bus belonging to Pacific Transport catching fire in Nadroga while heading to Nadi on August 18.

Then on August 30, a Tebara Bus heading from Suva to Nausori caught fire at the Nausori roundabout near the Nausori Health Centre.

No one was injured in both incidents. It was reported that the Land Transport Authority had inspected the Tebara bus a few days prior to the incident.

Mr Piantedosi said the Land Transport Authority carried out vehicle inspections for compliance pursuant to the Vehicle Registration and Construction Regulation ensured the motor vehicles were and roadworthy and safe for use on Fiji roads.

The exercise includes the inspection of the engine, steering assembly, suspension assembly, brakes assembly, chassis, transmission, body condition, fuel supply connections, speedometer, braking system, wheels, flooring, exhaust system, additional fittings, lights, doors and windows, seats/seat belt, signs/first aid for public service vehicles only and the transmission assembly.

“The parameters used for assessment of motor vehicle components, parts and systems that determine a pass or fail are the defects or the causes of rejection. This ranges from the condition, operation, performance for the motor vehicle,” he said.

“The motor vehicles are tested using the Fully Automated Motor Vehicle Inspection System (FAMVIS) that consists of a cluster of eight-sophisticated equipment that tests and determines the results as per uniform criteria set.

“The above criteria are utilised to determine the result of vehicle inspection for the certificate of fitness hence the renewal of registration. Motor vehicles are generally inspected annually for this purpose,” Mr Piantedosi said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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